Jack Nicklaus reveals positive test for COVID-19

Jack Nicklaus

Golf legend Jack Nicklaus has revealed that he and his wife both tested positive for coronavirus.

During a rain delay at the Memorial Tournament, the 18-time major champion announced that he and his wife of 60 years contracted COVID-19 in March. 

The couple self-isolated at home in Florida from March 13 to April 20, with Nicklaus adding that he has since subsequently returned a positive test for the coronavirus anti-body.

• WATCH - Mickelson putts from the fairway

• Ernie disagrees with Jack on distance debate

"Barbara was asymptomatic and I had a sore throat and a cough," said the 80-year-old. "We're both in an at-risk age. Our hearts go out to people who did lose lives and their families. We were just a couple of the lucky ones."

Nicklaus had raised eyebrows earlier in the week when he revealed that he intended to continue with his time-honoured tradition of being the first to shake the hand of the new Memorial champion.

"I'm going to shake their hand," he said in his pre-tournament press conference. "I going to walk right out there and shake your hand. If they don't want to shake my hand, that's fine. I'll give them a fist bump or an elbow bump.

• DeChambeau hits back at R&A chief's warning

• This Tiger Woods stat will blow your mind

"But I'm not going to give them COVID-19. I wouldn't put anybody in that position. I wouldn't do that, and if I was in any danger of doing that, I wouldn't shake their hands."

This is the first time that Nicklaus has publicly acknowledged he and his wife's diagnoses although it is understood that the couple's son, Jack Nicklaus II, previously told Nicklaus Companies representatives and associates.

Share this Article

share-logo
twitter-logo facebook-logo

Latest Videos See all videos right arrow

play button
TITLEIST TOUR SPEED – Better than the Pro V1???
Titleist
play button
THE SIMPLE WAY TO HIT A LOB SHOT | GOLF EXPLAINED
Golf Lessons
play button
TaylorMade MG2 TW Grind Wedges – Tiger Woods’ secret short game weapon
TaylorMade
play button
A simple drill for perfect timing | IMG Academy
Golf Lessons
See all videos right arrow

Golf News

Tour reverses decision to let fans attend Scottish Open
"There's no way it could have happened" - Padraig Harrington has no regrets over Ryder Cup postponement
Scottish Golf issues new guidance to clubs after lockdown changes
Pro apologises for "unprofessional behaviour" at US Open
Golf is "more dangerous" than rugby, according to new study

Other Top Stories

Tiger Woods: Inside his $41million Florida mansion
The very best pubs in St Andrews
The Scottish Golf Course Emoji Quiz!
24 lies every bad golfer tells
Doug Sanders: The extraordinary life of golf's original playboy

Quick Fault 'n' Fixes See all videos right arrow

play button
The correct ball position
Watch
play button
Swing it like Joe Miller says Denis Pugh
Watch
play button
Take the club away on the correct path
Watch
play button
Keep working on the right things
Watch
See all videos right arrow