Greg Norman is back in hospital in Florida with “hideous” Covid-19 symptoms after the Australian golfing great tested positive.
The 65-year-old, whose two major titles came at the Open in 1986 and 1993, has been posting regular updates regarding his diagnosis on his Instagram page.
Having initially tested negative at the exhibition PNC Championship in Orlando, which ran 19-20 December, he later in the week began to experience fever, joint and muscle aches.
Norman visited hospital on Christmas Day and returned home to self-isolate on Boxing Day while awaiting the results of another test.
“I hope this will be my final update on this COVID saga … back in hospital after getting a positive result,” he wrote on Instagram, adding he was receiving an infusion of antibodies. “The path to full recovery. Hoping to be out later today.”
Norman said that despite being fit and strong and having a high tolerance for pain, the “hideous” virus had “kicked the crap out of me like nothing I have ever experienced before”.
“Muscle and joint pain on another level. Headaches that feel like a chisel going through your head scraping little bits off each time, fever, muscles that just did not want to work like yesterday walking my dog Apollo my quads and hip flexors just did not want to work due to fatigue.
“Then my taste failed, where beer tastes bad and wine the same … at times struggling with memory of names and things.”
Norman’s son, also named Greg, had played with his father at the PNC Championship and has already confirmed he and his wife had tested positive.