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The world’s seventh-ranked golfer, Bryson DeChambeau, tested positive for Covid a mere days before he was set to fly to Tokyo for this year’s Olympic Games. But despite missing the Olympics because of his positive test, DeChambeau doesn’t regret his decision to pass on vax.
“The thing is, the vaccine doesn’t necessarily prevent it from happening,” said DeChambeau, per Golf Week. “I’m young enough. I’d rather give (the vaccine) to people who need it. I don’t need it. I’m healthy. I’m a young individual who will continue to be healthy and continue to work on my health.”
Bryson DeChambeau will not compete at the Olympics after testing positive for COVID-19. pic.twitter.com/8ll0FIk9xw
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) July 25, 2021
DeChambeau, who’s competing in the World Golf Championships-FedEx St. Jude Invitational this weekend, seems unlikely to reconsider getting vaccinated until more information is available: “I don’t think that taking the vaccine away from somebody who could need it is a good thing for me. Like my dad. He got it early on because of his status, being a diabetic,” he said. “Now, over the course of time, if they really, really mainstream (the vaccine) and everything is vetted out, I won’t have an issue.”
Disappointed that he couldn’t rep Team USA in Tokyo, DeChambeau’s already looking ahead to the 2024 Games: “It was sad when I tested positive,” the 27-year old DeChambeau said. “After I tested positive, my brain just shifted to a place where I just wasn’t in the Olympics. I loved (the Olympics). I hope I can be there in three years.”