Stricker, who captained the People to victory at Whistling Straits in September on the Ryder Cup, informed D’Amato that what started as a nasty cough and sore throat in mid-October turned into one thing “far worse.” After a COVID-19 take a look at got here again damaging on Oct. 23, Stricker was prescribed an antibiotic by his physician and commenced to really feel higher a pair weeks later. Nonetheless, Stricker started to really feel sick once more after a looking journey and was admitted into the UW Well being College Hospital.
“I got here dwelling from looking one evening and I used to be like, ‘I don’t really feel good. My facet hurts. I simply don’t really feel proper,’” Stricker informed Wisconsin Golf. “That evening I had the sweats and hastily, my temperature was 103. I went again to my main and obtained amoxicillin, a heavier antibiotic. And I believe I had a response to that. My throat began to shut up, my lips obtained puffy, my glands obtained puffy, my tongue obtained puffy. It was like an allergic response. I used to be nonetheless having these 103-degree temps.
“So, I went into the hospital about two weeks earlier than Thanksgiving they usually saved me in there. That’s when the s— hit the fan. My liver numbers began getting worse. My white blood cell rely was jacked up actually excessive. I used to be combating one thing, however they couldn’t discover out what it was. My liver was going downhill. I obtained jaundice. I used to be yellow and peeing out Pepsi-colored pee.”
Throughout his keep Stricker stated his coronary heart jumped out of rhythm; at one juncture his coronary heart fee soared to 160 beats per minute and stayed there for 2 hours. Though he was launched the day earlier than Thanksgiving he went again into the hospital simply three days later.
“A few instances I used to be like, ‘What’s going on?’” Stricker stated. “All the things goes the unsuitable means. It wasn’t enjoyable. You don’t know what’s occurring. You don’t know the place this street is resulting in. I by no means thought that I’m not getting out of there type of factor. However I didn’t eat for 2 weeks. I didn’t have any vitality or urge for food to eat. I had a tough time simply getting up and strolling due to the center. I took a couple of steps to the lavatory in my room and I’d be out of breath.
“I used to be fairly sick, from what they inform me.”
Stricker was finally launched once more and cleared to journey on Jan. 1. He and his household are renting a home in Bradenton, Fla., as his daughter is attending IMG Academy.
Stricker doesn’t know what triggered his sickness though stated that the Ryder Cup may very well be a part of the issue. “It’s a letdown, proper, after that occurs? After which your immune system might be down,” Stricker says. “It most likely performed a job in it one way or the other.”
Stricker says he’s nonetheless on no-activity orders and is simply in a position to stroll brief distances. He has misplaced greater than 25 kilos all through the ordeal. Stricker additionally stated his heart specialist informed him it will be six months earlier than he might return to competitors. Nonetheless, Stricker, who turns 55 in February, stated his purpose is to play in March’s Gamers Championship, which he earned an exemption into due to successful the Senior Gamers final yr.