Golf star Bryson DeChambeau has reportedly addressed his recent bout with coronavirus -- and expressed no regrets about declining to get vaccinated.
The 2020 US Open champion is now back on his feet and preparing to compete in this weekend's WGC-FedEX St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, although he said on Wednesday that he's still regaining some of his strength, according to ESPN.
The 27-year-old former Southern Methodist star, speaking after a 9-hole warmup outing, told reporters that although he was disappointed to miss out on the Tokyo Olympics owing to his positive test, he doesn't have any second thoughts about not getting inoculated.
Asked to explain his aversion to the vaccine, DeChambeau bizarrely alluded to so-called breakthrough cases, and seemed to suggest there's a scarcity of the shots -- even though no such shortage exists.
"The vaccine doesn't necessarily prevent it from happening," he said, according to ESPN. "I'm young enough, I'd rather give it to people who need it. I don't need it. I'm a healthy, young individual that will continue to work on my health.
"I don't think taking the vaccine away from someone who needs it is a good thing. My dad is a perfect example. He got it early on because he's a diabetic. People like that need to get it. My mom got it. I don't want to take away that ability."
Late last week, the CDC reported around 125,000 breakthrough cases among the 164 million-plus Americans who have been fully vaccinated since January, or about 1 in every 1,300. The great majority of newly reported cases, hospitalizations and deaths occur among the unvaccinated, the agency said, roughly 90-95%.
DeChambeau, a famously beefy long hitter who leads the tour in average drive distance, said he lost between 8-10 pounds since his diagnosis, and thinks his club speed isn't where it was before his setback.
He said he tested positive on July 23, several days after returning home from the British Open. Followup tests confirmed the diagnosis.
"I didn't feel anything for two days. All of a sudden, I started to feel tired. Started getting fully better two or three days ago. For the most part, it's funny, you stay at home and you quarantine for so long, you just feel tired. You're not doing anything.
"It was bound to happen. Unfortunately, it happened that week. The odds are you get tested enough, you travel around, it's going to happen. I tried to take all the necessary precautions to not contract it, and unfortunately ... I tested positive. I tested positive a few times. You can't do anything about it."
DeChambeau said he hopes he can participate in the Olympics in 2024, which are set to be held in Paris. As for this weekend's tournament, he said he doesn't have very high expectations for his performance, and just wants to regain his comfort and get his swing back on track.