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Lefty has arthritis is a new vegetarian

SHEBOYGAN, Wis. – Phil Mickelson dropped a couple major surprises Tuesday in his PGA Championship news conference at Whistling Straits.

Mickelson divulged that he has been suffering from psoriatic arthritis for the last eight weeks.

And he’s become a vegetarian.

While Mickelson said the psoriatic arthritis caused him “intense pain” in his joints since it first struck, he said doctors at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., have prescribed a treatment that’s taken away the pain and set him back on a healthy course.

'Everything is fine now,' Mickelson said. 'I've been starting treatment, and everything is great.'

Psoriatic arthritis is a disease characterized by inflammation of the skin and joints. Mickelson said he’s been giving himself a shot of Enbrel once a week for the last two weeks, and it’s given him more than relief.

“This put it in remission,” Mickelson said.

Mickelson said he was due for his third shot on Tuesday and is now pain free. While he said he was concerned when the pain spread to other joints after first striking him five days before the U.S. Open, he said he’s confident the disease is being treated effectively. He said he could barely walk after taking a trip to Hawaii after the British Open, which led him to doctors at the Mayo Clinic.

“I’m surprised how quickly it’s gone away,” he said.

Mickelson said he became a vegetarian, in part, because he believes it will help his condition.