Bryson DeChambeau insists he doesn’t regret not getting vaccinated against Covid-19, despite a positive test that banned him from the Olympics…
Bryson DeChambeau has insisted he doesn’t regret not getting vaccinated against Covid-19, explaining that he would rather get shots to ‘people who need it’, despite not being able to compete in the Olympics Participate.
DeChambeau, 27, was banned from flying to Tokyo after testing positive, but will return to competition on the PGA Tour this week at the WGC-FedEX St. Jude Invitational in Memphis, Tennessee.
And, as reported by the Gulf Channel, he has now claimed that his decision was made in part to ensure that others instead of him would be protected.
Bryson DeChambeau Doesn’t Regret Not Being Vaccinated Despite Missing The Olympics
“The vaccine doesn’t necessarily stop it from happening,” World No. 7 DeChambeau told reporters on Wednesday. ‘I’m young enough, I’d rather give it to people who need it. I do not need it.
‘I am healthy. I am a young person who will stay healthy and keep working on my health. But I don’t think it’s a good thing to take a vaccine from someone who needs it.”
Former US Open champion DeChambeau, following the strict protocols surrounding the Olympics, had to take three Covid-19 tests on consecutive days, all 24 hours apart. Negative results were needed to fly out.
DeChambeau said his decision was partly to ensure that people who need needles have access to it
But instead, DeChambeau first tested positive on July 23 and then took another test to make sure the first result wasn’t a false positive. He has since revealed that he has lost 10 pounds and may be open to vaccination in the future.
“When time goes by, when it’s mainstream — like, really, really mainstream — and everything gets vetted, yeah,” said DeChambeau, whose parents got their shots. “I have no problem (being vaccinated).”
His frustrating summer worsened after the diagnosis, when Patrick Reed replaced him for Team USA. However, the setback doesn’t seem to come as a surprise to DeChambeau, who believes it “must happen.”
“Unfortunately it happened that week,” he added. “There’s a good chance you’ll be tested enough, you’re traveling around, it’s going to happen. I tried to take all necessary precautions not to contract it, and unfortunately I tested positive.
After testing positive several hours before his flight, DeChambeau was banned from flying to Japan
‘I tested positive a few times’ [in the aftermath]. There is nothing you can do about it.’
DeChambeau initially responded to a positive test just hours before traveling to Tokyo, admitting in a statement that he was “deeply disappointed.”
“Representing my country means the world to me and it was a huge honor to form this team,” he also said.
DeChambeau was replaced by Patrick Reed, who would have had to endure a race against time to reach Tokyo
He will play the first two rounds this week with Dustin Johnson and Cameron Smith, as part of a field that includes 48 of the top 50 players in the world rankings, but DeChambeau has explained his ambitions are lower than usual.
This is because he has not only lost weight in the past two weeks during his recovery, but also feels that his clubhead speed has taken a dent.
“I don’t expect much,” he said. “I just go out and try to get through a whole week and feel comfortable, and then I do it again and get my golf swing in a place I’m comfortable with. So maybe a little lower expectations this week.’