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Walker's wife says she has Lyme disease, too

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 5, 2018, 8:56 pm

Last April, Jimmy Walker revealed that he had been diagnosed with Lyme disease. On Wednesday his wife, Erin, said she has the disease, too.

In a post on her blog, Tour Wife Travels, about her husband's battle with Lyme, Erin Walker said that she was diagnosed with the disease on Dec. 15, 2017.

Erin Walker made the revelation in the 36th paragraph of her 39-paragraph post on her husband's ongoing struggle with the disease. She said it is "not my intention to make this story about me," and offered no details about her own health, but promised to update her blog "with my own personal story and continued updates on Jimmy."

According to the American Lyme Disease Foundation, Lyme disease is an infection caused by bacteria that are carried by deer ticks. It can cause a number of symptoms, some of which are severe. The disease affects the skin in its early stages, and spreads to the joints, nervous system and, to a lesser extent, other organ systems in its later stages. If diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics, it is almost always readily cured, and it can usually be treated effectively in its later stages. However, some patients may have symptoms that linger for months or even years following treatment. In rare instances, Lyme disease causes permanent damage.

In her blog post, Erin Walker revealed that:

• While on a hunting trip in November 2016, "at no time during his trip, or any point after, did Jimmy recall seeing a tick on him and never removed an embedded tick. In addition, he never saw the “bullseye rash” that sometimes accompanies a tick bite."

• Jimmy Walker began feeling sick after flying to Australia to play in the World Cup of Golf with Rickie Fowler on Nov. 24-27. "When he arrived in Australia, he felt like he was hit with a very severe bout of the flu.  His body ached, he had fatigue and in general, felt terrible."

• Jimmy Walker continued to have flare-ups throughout that winter.

• Jimmy Walker felt better upon arriving in Hawaii for the start of the 2017 golf season, but during his second week in the islands he "he was hit with another severe bout of flu-like symptoms and he even considered withdrawing from the tournament."

• A severe lack of energy hampered Jimmy Walker's golf and his home life. "Jimmy had no energy to practice, so his golf suffered.  He didn’t have energy to play with the kids or help in normal activities around the house.  Getting up to go to the golf course for his tournament rounds was the only energy he could muster and most days he felt like sitting down on the tee boxes in-between holes."

• "Brain fog" was another effect of the disease. "From difficulty to remembering simple tasks such as, leaving tickets for friends and family, to putting on a pot of water to boil and then leaving the house, he was experiencing these types of symptoms on a daily basis."

• Jimmy Walker was originally diagnosed with mononucleosis.

• Because Lyme disease is not common in Texas, the Walkers had to overcome some initial resistance by Jimmy's doctor to order tests for it.

* Jimmy Walker was informed that his Lyme disease test had come back positive while he and his wife were on their way to a cocktail party at Augusta National during the week of the 2017 Masters.

• Jimmy Walker experienced severe sun sensitivity after he began Doxycycline therapy. "Jimmy played one week of golf at the Players Championship and suffered second degree burns. His hands, neck and ears blistered.  He was not only not feeling well from the Lyme, but felt like his skin was on fire from the doxy." He had to stop playing golf until he finished that medicine.

• Erin Walker says her husband is feeling about 90 percent back to normal.

• "This is our personal story," Erin Walker wrote. "What works for one person with Lyme, doesn’t necessarily work for someone else. But, the biggest thing we can do is share what we are going through.  We want people to be aware that this strange and horrible disease can happen to anyone."

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Tiger Tracker: Tour Championship

By Tiger TrackerSeptember 22, 2018, 5:25 pm

Tiger Woods is in the final group on Saturday at the Tour Championship. He's out at 2:30 p.m. ET with Justin Rose and we're tracking him.


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Iowa State honors Arozamena before football game

By Associated PressSeptember 22, 2018, 4:57 pm

AMES, Iowa - Iowa State honored slain golf star Celia Barquin Arozamena with an elaborate ceremony ahead of the Cyclones' game against Akron on Saturday.

Iowa State's band used a formation that spelled out Barquin's initials, and both teams wore a decal on their helmets in her memory.

A tribute to Barquin played on a video screen before a moment of silence, and fans were also asked to wear yellow, one of Iowa State's main colors and a nod to Barquin's Spanish roots. Most of the roughly 60,000 fans in attendance complied with yellow and with golf shirts on a chilly morning in central Iowa.

"I think it's fantastic. The tribute is amazing. But ultimately, it would have been perfect if she could have been here for her tribute, which was going to happen anyway." said Ed Hamilton, a retired police officer from nearby Ankeny, Iowa.

Barquin, the Cyclones' first conference champion in 25 years, was finishing up her degree at Iowa State and working toward her ultimate goal of becoming a professional golfer.


A memorial honoring Celia Barquin Arozamena at Jack Trice Stadium. (Photo by David Purdy/Getty Images)


Barquin competed in the U.S Women's Open earlier this summer, and coach Christie Martens said she was approaching "the pinnacle of her career."

"Iowa State fans are very loyal. We haven't had too many winning football teams over the years. Yet the fans turn out. There's a great loyalty here -- but it spills into other sports as well," said Iowa State fan Kent Hollrah of Denison, Iowa.

Collin Richards, also 22, has been charged with first-degree murder in Barquin's death. Police said Richards stabbed Barquin and left her body in a pond on the course, where it was found after other golfers noticed her abandoned bag.

Cyclones coach Matt Campbell also wore an Iowa State golf hat on the sideline to show solidarity with his colleagues.

"Be with all of us today Celia, your legacy will forever live on & we are forever grateful for your impact. Much love from your Cyclonitas," Iowa State linebacker Willie Harvey tweeted earlier Saturday, using the nickname that Barquin had for her teammates.

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Tiger, Bryson testing each other's golf balls ahead of Paris

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 4:21 pm

ATLANTA – The U.S. Ryder Cup team won’t arrive in Paris for next week’s matches until Monday, but one pairing already seems to be penciled into captain Jim Furyk’s lineup.

Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau have become regular practice-round partners, and when Furyk made both captain’s picks, it added to the notion that they would be paired during the team sessions in France. On Tuesday at East Lake, Woods and DeChambeau teed it up yet again.

Both Woods and DeChambeau play Bridgestone golf balls, although they use different models.

“The two are very similar, they are very numbers-oriented and that translates to their feel on the course, but they get fitted to two different golf balls,” said Adam Rehberg, Bridgestone Golf’s ball-fitting manager.


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Woods plays the company’s Tour B XS, which is softer and spins more, while DeChambeau plays the Tour B X, which is designed to take spin off shots.

Although DeChambeau played a version of the company’s golf ball that was close to what Woods now plays earlier in his career, he appeared to be preparing for a pairing next week during Tuesday’s practice round.

“I’ve seen some chipping of the other’s ball during practice rounds, getting used to it,” Rehberg said. “There’s been some sharing of golf balls internally between those guys. It’s almost like the worst kept secret in golf. It seems they are going to be paired up one way or another.”

The rules for the Ryder Cup were changed in 2006. They allow for foursomes teams to change golf balls between holes but not during a hole, which explains the duo’s interest in becoming comfortable with the other’s golf ball, particularly around the green and for chip shots.

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Casey: RC teams planning Lyle, Celia tributes

By Rex HoggardSeptember 22, 2018, 3:58 pm

ATLANTA – Throughout this season Paul Casey has been in regular contact with European Ryder Cup captain Thomas Bjorn, with most communication being via text messages that the Englishman said always included an eclectic range of emojis.

But when the Dane decided to make Casey one of his four captain’s picks, it had to be a phone call.

“He called on Monday (Sept. 3). I was in the parking garage at the Philadelphia Marriott,” Casey said this week at the Tour Championship. “It was rewarding, emotional, so many things.”


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Since being named to the team, Casey said his communication with Bjorn and the other members of the European team has been via WhatsApp, which allows the team to share ideas and finalize plans for next week’s matches. Casey said the exchanges have mainly featured good-natured teasing and a some silly pictures, with a few serious moments.

The European team, in coordination with the U.S. team, is planning to honor Jarrod Lyle, a former PGA Tour player who died last month following his third bout with leukemia, next Thursday in France. There is a public memorial service planned for Lyle on Thursday in Australia.

Casey also said the team is coordinating a plan to also honor Celia Barquín Arozamena, a top college player from Spain who was murdered this week in Iowa.