Mickelson tries to spread news about arthritis

By Associated PressMarch 2, 2011, 10:13 am

MARANA, Arizona (AP)—Phil Mickelson played a practice round at Pebble Beach onthe Saturday before the U.S. Open and was walking back to his car when he feltpain in his ankle, hip and even his finger. It was uncomfortable, but no greatcause for alarm.

“I thought it might just be wear and tear of the joints over the years,”he said.

The scare came a week after the U.S. Open during a family holiday in Hawaiiwhen the pain returned.

“I went and laid down on the couch, and it hurt so bad to move,” Mickelsonsaid. “Thereafter, I went to try to play golf and the pain had gone to myshoulder. I couldn’t take the club back halfway. And I was concerned about theimpact on my golf career.”

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Mickelson was lucky to detect it early.

He immediately saw a rheumatologist in San Diego, then went to the MayoClinic for a second opinion. Both agreed that he had psoriatic arthritis, anautoimmune disease that causes pain, stiffness and swelling around the joints.

Mickelson was able to get on a treatment plan, and he felt good enough toresume his full workouts by November.

But it left a lasting impression, and Mickelson wants to do his part to helpeducate others about the disease.

Mickelson has created a partnership with Amgen biotech company and Pfizer,Inc. and will launch a public awareness campaign on Wednesday called “On Coursewith Phil.” The idea is for people with psoriatic arthritis, rheumatoidarthritis or plaque psoriasis to have it diagnosed early and get on a treatmentprogram that’s best for them.

The three-time Masters champion has not signed any endorsement deal, and hesaid it will not be visible on his bag or other attire. There were will beadvertising, along with a website (oncoursewithphil.com) in which people canread his story and get information on the disease, from its symptoms to findingthe right treatment.

Mickelson said he lost about 20 percent of his strength, along with someswing speed. He said most of the speed has returned, and he hoped to have therest of it back during the road to the Masters.

It cost him part of last summer, no doubt. He was never in contention at theBritish Open, and made his move too late to seriously contend at the U.S. PGAChampionship, where he first revealed he had psoriatic arthritis. He had achance in the second half of the season to go to No. 1 in the world, but he hadonly one top-10 finish.

Even so, he feels fortunate it wasn’t worse.

“I’m in a good place now,” he said. “I’m able to practice and work outhard. As I’ve said, my goal is to make this year the kind of year I wanted lastyear to be. I also want to help other people who have situations similar tomine, because it’s very manageable.”

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PGA Tour, LPGA react to video review rules changes

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 1:32 pm

The USGA and R&A announced on Monday updates to the Rules of Golf, including no longer accepting call-ins relating to violations. The PGA Tour and LPGA, which were both part of a working group of entities who voted on the changes, issued the following statements:

PGA Tour:

The PGA Tour has worked closely with the USGA and R&A on this issue in recent years, and today's announcement is another positive step to ensure the Rules of Golf align with how the game is presented and viewed globally. The PGA Tour will adopt the new Local Rule beginning January 1, 2018 and evolve our protocols for reviewing video evidence as outlined.

LPGA:

We are encouraged by the willingness of the governing bodies to fully vet the issues and implement real change at a pace much quicker than the sport has seen previously. These new adaptations, coupled with changes announced earlier this year, are true and meaningful advances for the game. The LPGA plans to adopt fully the protocols and new Local Rule as outlined.

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Sharma closes on Monday, wins Joburg Open

By Associated PressDecember 11, 2017, 12:43 pm

JOHANNESBURG – Shubhankar Sharma won his first European Tour title by a shooting 3-under 69 Monday in the final round of the weather-delayed Joburg Open.

The 21-year-old Indian resumed his round on the eighth green after play was halted early Sunday afternoon because of storms. He parred that hole, birdied No. 9 and made par on every hole on the back nine.


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Sharma finished at 23-under 264, three strokes ahead of the pack, and qualified for next year's British Open, too.

''I actually wasn't going to come here about a week ago ... so I'm really happy that I came,'' said Sharma, who shot 61 in the second round. ''I don't think I'm ever going forget my first time in South Africa.''

Erik van Rooyen (66) was second, three strokes ahead of Shaun Norris (65) and Tapio Pulkkanen (68).

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By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 11, 2017, 12:30 pm

Sharma among three Open qualifiers at Joburg Open

By Will GrayDecember 11, 2017, 12:16 pm

Shubhankar Sharma earned his first career European Tour win at the rain-delayed Joburg Open and punched his ticket to The Open in the process.

Sharma returned to Randpark Golf Club Monday morning after storms washed out much of the scheduled final day of play. Beginning the re-start with a four-shot lead, he hung on to win by three over South Africa's Erik Van Rooyen.

Both men can make travel plans for Carnoustie next summer, as this was the second event in the Open Qualifying Series with three spots available for players not otherwise exempt who finished inside the top 10. The final spot went to Shaun Norris, who tied for third with Finland's Tapio Pulkkanen but had a higher world ranking (No. 192) than Pulkkanen (No. 197) entering the week.

The Joburg Open was the final official European Tour event of the year. The next tournament in the Open Qualifying Series will be the SMBC Singapore Open in January, where four spots at Carnoustie will be up for grabs.