Steve Stricker out of Senior PGA after positive for COVID-19 test


Benton Harbor, Michigan (AP) — Former Ryder Cup captain Steve Stricker withdrew from the Senior PGA Championship after testing positive for COVID-19.

Stricker said on Twitter on Tuesday that he had tested positive.

Stricker was out of the competition for six months because of a virus that doctors had not fully identified. He fell ill about a month after leading the Americans to a record 19-9 against Europe at his hometown of Wisconsin’s Whistling Straits last fall.

He was hospitalized and lost about 25 pounds. Stricker said he was wondering if the disease was a reaction to the COVID-19 vaccine because he had regular health checkups and annual blood tests.

He was winning the first of five majors on the PGA Tour Champions schedule at the Regions Tradition two weeks ago. It was the fourth tournament after five weeks of returning to golf.

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