Hall of Fame golfer Greg Norman spent part of his Christmas Day in a hospital battling COVID-19.
The 65-year-old Australian, known as “The Shark” during a career that included two major wins at The Open Championship (1986, 1993), revealed his diagnosis in an Instagram post.
“This sums it all up. My Christmas Day. On behalf of millions, (expletive) CoVid,” wrote Norman, who was photographed in a hospital bed.
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Greg Norman: COVID-19 ‘very flu-like’
He posted a video on Christmas Eve describing his symptoms.
“I feel very flu-like, I have a mild fever, I have a cough, I have aches and pains. I have a mild headache,” he said. “So I am in self-quarantine. Ugly place to be on Christmas Eve but I just do not want to jeopardize affecting any of my family or friends and loved ones around me.”
Norman, who resides in Florida, competed with his son Greg Norman Jr. in last weekend’s PNC Championship at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club Grande Lakes in Orlando.
Norman Jr. said he and his wife have also tested positive for the coronavirus.
The Normans did not wear masks during the event, where they finished in ninth place.
Norman recorded 88 professional wins, including 20 on the PGA Tour. He finished second eight times in majors and spent 331 weeks as the world No. 1.
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