Mickelson provides another strange twist to things

By Randall MellAugust 11, 2010, 4:37 am

2010 PGA ChampionshipSHEBOYGAN, Wis. – A strange year in golf tilted in another unexpected direction Tuesday at the PGA Championship.

But at least Phil Mickelson was able to make us laugh about it.

Though there was nothing funny about his revealing that he is suffering from psoriatic arthritis, the fact that he could make fun of his other major revelation gives his legion of fans reassurance that he’s going to prevail after yet another health scare for the Mickelson family.

After explaining that a wonder drug called Enbrel has apparently put his psoriatic arthritis “in remission” over the last two weeks or so, he revealed that he’s become a vegetarian.

The opening he left for wisecracks was wider than the fairways here at Whistling Straits, and Mickelson lunged in eagerly.

This, after all, is a man who has ownership interest in a burger chain called Five Guys.

“We’re working on a veggie burger,” Mickelson cracked.

Nobody was shocked seeing those photos of Mickelson in his green jacket in the drive-through window of a Krispy Kreme donut shop the day after he won the Masters in April, but there are plenty of PGA Tour pros who would drop their salad plates seeing Mickelson load up on phytochemical packed tomatoes, mineral-rich mushrooms and crunchy jicama.

“I know, this is crazy,” Mickelson said. “I know, I know.”

Crazier yet is the story behind his erratic play this summer.

Mickelson was the big story going to the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach as he vied to win back-to-back majors. His Masters victory was an uplifting tale with his wife, Amy, there to hug him in her first public appearance since her diagnosis and treatment for breast cancer.

Going to Pebble Beach, Mickelson confided to Amy how strong he was feeling: “I said, `I’ve never felt this good. I have no aches and pains. My back feels great. I feel stronger and more flexible than I’ve ever been.’ Four days later . . . it’s crazy.”

Five days before the U.S. Open, Mickelson said he felt the first strike of pain from the onset of psoriatic arthritis. It’s a disease that causes inflammation of the joints. He said the pain was so bad he couldn’t walk upon waking up. His hip muscles were sore, his right wrist felt sprained, his left index finger too.

“Usually, that stuff kind of comes and goes,” Mickelson said. “It progressively got worse.”

Mickelson gave himself a chance to win the U.S. Open, tying for fourth. He wasn’t as good at the British Open, tying for 48th. But on a trip to Hawaii after that major, his condition worsened.

“Every joint in my body started to hurt,” Mickelson said.

That led Mickelson to doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, who confirmed the psoriatic arthritis diagnosis and prescribed treatment that’s taken his pain away. After his practice round Tuesday, he said he was due to give himself another shot of Enbrel. He gives himself the shot once a week. This marks his third week using the drug.

“This has put it in remission,” Mickelson said. “I feel great. I’m able to work out, lift and don’t have any pain.”

Mickelson said he became a vegeterian in hopes it would help his condition.

Though Mickelson wouldn’t blame his erratic summer play on his illness, his swing coach knows better.

“It’s been a very big deal,” Butch Harmon said. “It definitely affected his focus, and he was in a lot of pain in different parts of his body, but it was not knowing what was causing the pain that was troublesome, not knowing how serious it was, or if it was going to get more serious.

“He’s found some medication that’s helped him a lot. I’ve seen a huge lift in his spirits.”

Sean Cochran, Mickelson’s trainer, said Mickelson is already regaining lost strength.

“I looked at it like a 14-day disabled list,” said Cochran, who once worked with the San Diego Padres.

Mickelson said he didn't want to divulge the news until he knew exactly what he was dealing with. He is hopeful the disease is under control.

“It’s very treatable,” he said. “I’ll probably take this drug for about a year and feel 100 percent.

“It’s not that it’s cured, but it may never come back. If it does come back, I’ll start the treatment again and should be able to live a normal life without having any adverse effects. I’m not very concerned about it.”

Mickelson’s recovery comes in time to make this a giant season. He tied for sixth when the PGA Championship was played at Whistling Straits in 2004. A victory this week would vault him to No. 1 in the world rankings for the first time and likely lock up his first PGA Tour Player of the Year award.

“It would make the year remarkable,” Mickelson said. “It would make it a super year.”

Though Mickelson won the Masters, he has disappointed in failed bids to wrest the No. 1 ranking from Tiger Woods. He has just the one victory this season.

“To have won the Masters made this year great,” Mickelson said. “I haven’t really played like I feel I can. I haven’t won as much as I would like, but winning one major, winning the Masters has made this a year I’ll always remember. If I were somehow able to come out on top at the end of this week, it would be an incredible year.”

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Rose leads halted Indonesian Masters; Snedeker WDs

By Associated PressDecember 15, 2017, 2:04 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead at the Indonesian Masters when bad weather stopped play Friday during the second round.

The Englishman, who shot a 10-under 62 on Thursday, had completed 13 holes and was 5 under on the day at the Royale Jakarta Golf Club course.

Kiradech Aphibarnrat (64) was in second place.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew wit on the 11th hole at 2 under for the day after shooting an opening 72.

There was no reason given for his withdrawal, but the American has been affected by a rib-sternum injury for most of the season. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

Newsmaker of the Year: No. 2, Donald Trump

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 1:00 pm

Even away from the White House, President Donald Trump generated plenty of headlines this year.

Trump’s first year in office didn’t dim his enthusiasm for the game, as he made splashy appearances at two big events, tweeted about golf to his more than 44 million followers, teed it up with some of the sport’s biggest stars, including Tiger Woods, Rory McIlroy and Lexi Thompson, and fired a few eyebrow-raising scores. Logging more than 75 rounds since his inauguration, the 3-handicap has only bolstered his reputation as the best golfing president, particularly after his alleged 73 with Sen. Lindsey Graham.

None of his appearances created a bigger stir than when he attended the U.S. Women’s Open. Despite protests and calls for the USGA to move its premier women’s event from Trump Bedminster – the president reportedly threatened to sue – his weekend there went off without incident, as Trump watched the action and hosted players in his private box near the 15th green.

Full list of 2017 Newsmakers of the Year

Despite his controversial rhetoric on a variety of national issues, Trump has remained a staunch supporter of women’s golf, and he became the first sitting president to attend the U.S. Women’s Open.

An honorary chairman of the Presidents Cup, Trump also flew to Liberty National for the biennial team event, where he presented the trophy to the U.S. team and dedicated the victory to the hurricane victims in Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico.

In late November, amid tweets about the national anthem, Turkey, Egypt and Time Magazine, Trump announced that he was playing a round in South Florida with Woods and world No. 1 Dustin Johnson.

Yes, that too became a headline, just like everything else Trump did in 2017.

Playing with the pros

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Rory faces criticism

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President at the Presidents Cup

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Purported round of 73 with Lindsey Graham

Article: Senator tweets Trump shot 73 in windy, wet conditions

Article: Graham offers details on Trump's round of 73

Cart on the green

Article: Trump appears to drive cart on Bedminster green

Presence and protests at U.S. Women's Open

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Article: UltraViolet takes protest inside Trump National

Photo gallery: President Trump at the U.S. Women's Open

Trump golf properties


Article: Environmental group vandalizes Trump golf course

Article: Man accused of vandalizing four Trump courses


Article: Two Trump courses in Scotland losing millions

Article: Eric Trump denies Russia helped fund golf courses

Article: Trump company ordered to pay $5.77M in dues dispute

Reportedly fake TIME covers

Article: Trump clubs display fake Time magazine cover

Trump apologizes for voter-fraud story

Report: Trump's voter fraud claim tied to Langer

Langer: Trump 'apologized' for story mix-up

Pros comment on the president

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Newsmakers of the Year: Top 10 in 2017

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Spieth, Thomas headline winter break trip to Cabo

By Grill Room TeamDecember 15, 2017, 1:05 am

Justin Thomas and Jordan Spieth. Really good at golf. Really good at vacationing.

With #SB2K18 still months away, Thomas and Spieth headlined a vacation to Cabo San Lucas, and this will shock you but it looks like they had a great time.

Spring break veteran Smylie Kaufman joined the party, as did Thomas' roommate, Tom Lovelady, who continued his shirtless trend.

The gang played all the hits, including shoeless golf in baketball jerseys and late nights with Casamigos tequila.

Image via tom.lovelady on Instagram.

In conclusion, it's still good to be these guys.