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Beware the injured golfer

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DORAL, Fla. – Phil Mickelson took WGC gold last year after spending much of Saturday night in a local hospital recovering from dehydration. If one believes in omens go with Steve Stricker this week in an ER special.

Stricker spent most of Tuesday in his room suffering from what he originally thought was food poisoning.

“I was up at 4 a.m. (Tuesday) and it was coming out of both ends,” Stricker said.

After talking with some other players and caddies who suffered from similar symptoms Stricker adjusted his self-diagnoses and said he likely had some kind of “24-hour flu bug.”

Stricker played nine more practice holes on Wednesday and spent an hour on the practice tee. “I’m feeling a ton better,” he said.

Luckily he was rested, having taken the last two weeks off but it’s the start of a long stretch of golf that includes four events in five weeks.