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Golf legend Greg Norman released from hospital after Christmas Day COVID diagnosis

Australian golfing great Greg Norman returned home on Saturday after being admitted to hospital in Florida on Christmas Day with COVID-19 symptoms.

The 65-year-old said he had tested negative for the coronavirus after playing in the exhibition PNC Championship in Orlando but began to experience fever, joint and muscle aches later in the week before being admitted to hospital.

“I’m home now after admitting myself to the ER… with symptoms very suspicious to what I have read about relating to COVID…,” Norman said in an Instagram post on Saturday.

“I tested negative under the PGA Tour bubble for the tournament and another negative last Tuesday.

“On Wednesday, day four of incubation after being exposed, symptoms raised their ugly head – fever joint and muscle aches, especially in my back, and headaches.

“I still have most but on a lesser level.”

Norman, whose two major titles came at the British Open in 1986 and 1993, said he expected to have results from another COVID-19 test in the next 24 hours and that he would continue to isolate until he returned two negative tests.

Norman’s son, Greg Jr, had played with his father at the PNC Championship before confirming on social media that he and his wife had tested positive for the virus.

Greg Norman and his son Greg Jr. played in the PNC Championship in the week before Christmas. Credit: AP

Greg Norman struck down by COVID on Christmas

Norman, who lives in the US, announced his diagnosis in a post to Instagram.

“This sums it all up. My Christmas Day,” he wrote alongside a series of photographs that appeared to show him in hospital.

“On behalf of millions, f*** COVID.

“Get this s*** behind us never to experience it again.”

The Aussie golf legend was struck down by the virus on Christmas.
The Aussie golf legend was struck down by the virus on Christmas. Credit: shark_gregnorman/Instagram

Earlier, on Christmas Eve, Norman revealed to his 188,000 followers he had been tested for COVID, with the results coming back negative.

But the golfing star was advised to remain in quarantine as he was displaying symptoms of the virus.

“I feel very flu-like, I have a mild fever, I have a cough, I have aches and pains, I have a mild headache,” he explained in a video.

“So I am in self-quarantine.

“Ugly place to be on Christmas Eve but I just do not want to jeopardise affecting any of my family or friends or loved ones around me.”

Greg Norman’s X-rated photo

Norman made headlines last month after posting an X-rated photo of himself to social media.

The 65-year-old uploaded the image to Instagram of himself walking his dog down a Florida beach wearing board shorts and nothing else.

The post was captioned: “A man and his dog on a Sunday.”

But an X-rated feature in Norman’s swimmers left the internet buzzing.

– with AAP

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