MEMPHIS, Tenn.- A positive COVID-19 test is being held Bryson DeChambeau to take part in the men’s Olympic golf tournament and still try to regain energy while attending this week’s WGC-FedEx St. Participate in Jude Invitational.
But DeChambeau, 27, said he did not regret his decision not to be vaccinated for the coronavirus.
“The vaccine does not necessarily prevent it,” DeChambeau told reporters on Wednesday after his nine-hole pro-am round at TPC Southwind. “I’m young enough, I’d rather give it (the vaccine) to people who need it. I don’t need it. I’m a healthy, young individual who will work on my health.
“I do not think it is a good thing to take the vaccine away from someone who needs it. My father is a good example. He got it (the vaccine) early because he is diabetic. People like it has to get it. My Mom got it right. I do not want to take away the ability.
“As time goes on, if it (the vaccine) is mainstream, really, really mainstream, then yes.”
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported this week that more than 90 percent of COVID-19 cases — and more than 95 percent of hospitalizations and deaths — are among unvaccinated people.
DeChambeau, as part of the Olympic protocols, had to take three COVID-19 Tests on consecutive days, 24 hours apart, and deliver negative results before he could fly to Tokyo for the tournament.
He said he tested positive on July 23 and said a subsequent test was also taken only if the first was false positive.
“They did not think it was a false positive, they just wanted to be sure,” he said. “I did not feel anything for two days. All of a sudden I started to feel tired. Two or three days ago I got completely better. For the most part it’s funny, you stay at home and you sit in quarantine for so long, you feel just tired. You do nothing. “
DeChambeau said he tested negative before traveling to The Open in England, with his arrival at the tournament and again before leaving. He said it was the first time he had tested positive for more than a year through numerous tests at tournaments and as a requirement for travel.
“It will definitely happen,” he said. “Unfortunately it happened that week. Chances are good that you’ll be tested enough, that you travel around, it’s going to happen. I took all the necessary precautions not to do it, and unfortunately on Friday (July 23) I tested positive. Tested positive a few times (in the aftermath). There’s nothing you can do about it. “
DeChambeau said he regretted missing out on the Olympics, that he hopes to qualify for another event in 2024, but he feels detached watching because he is not competing.
“After I tested positive, my brain just changed,” DeChambeau said. “I love it (the Olympics), thought it was amazing. I would love to be there in three years.”
DeChambeau became known for his fitness treatment, which allowed him to pack a weight of about 40 kilograms while deliberately trying to gain weight and muscle mass; he leads the PGA Tour in driving distance.
But he said he had lost ‘8 to 10 pounds’ over the past two weeks and felt his club head speed was declining. For this reason, he does not place too much emphasis on results.
Although he could not train much, DeChambeau said he had extended periods last year without touching a club during the three-month tournament due to the pandemic. He could swing on a simulator.
“I’m not really expecting much,” he said. “I just go through a whole week and feel comfortable and then do it again and get my golf swing in a place where I’m comfortable. So maybe some lower expectations this week.”