Bryson DeChambeau is back on the course, playing in the World Golf Championship event which begins Thursday in Memphis, Tenn. He was forced out of the Olympic tournament last weekend due to a positive COVID-19 test result.
Time spent away from competition has not changed DeChambeau’s stance on vaccination. He still doesn’t get the hang of it.
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“The point is, the vaccine doesn’t necessarily stop it from happening,” DeChambeau told Golf Channel on Wednesday. “This is where for me I’m pretty young, I prefer to give it to people who need it. I don’t need it. I’m healthy. I’m a young person who will continue to be healthy. health and will continue to work on my health, but I don’t think taking a vaccine away from someone who might need it is a good thing.
DeChambeau, 27, told Golf Channel that both of his parents are vaccinated and that his father has diabetes.
He said he didn’t have a “problem” with getting the vaccine, but wanted to wait until it got “really, really common” and “everything checked out”.
DeChambeau told Golf Channel he started to experience symptoms within days of testing positive and ended up losing around 10 pounds. He said he did not know where or how he contracted the virus.
Patrick Reed took DeChambeau’s place on the Team USA roster.
Spaniard Jon Rahm also had to withdraw from the Olympics due to a positive test result. This was his second positive test result in just over a month. He tested positive at the Memorial Tournament in June and was forced to retire after his third round. He was informed of the result of the test on the course moments after completing the lap. He had a six-stroke lead at the time.
According to the Associated Press, Rahm began the vaccination process on Memorial Week. He went into quarantine after the test result, then returned to win the US Open. He dedicated the victory to the late José Manuel Cortizas, a Spanish sports journalist who covered Rahm and followed his career. Cortizas died of complications from COVID-19 last February.