At the PGA Championship, Phil Mickelson revealed a shocking secret: since the week before the US Open, he’s been suffering from psoriatic arthritis. And as part of the treatment, doctors prescribed him a vegetarian diet, which the part-owner of Five Guys, a fast food burger joint, was embracing. Earlier this week at the HSBC Champions in Shanghai, Phil was asked for the status of his moratorium on meat. Prognosis: Not so good, reports the AP.
“I’ve been doing it for just over four months and I’m just having second thoughts,” he said. “I don’t know if it really is going to make a difference or what. So we’ll see. We can talk about it in January, and I’ll have a better idea – see how the holidays go.”
Those close to Mickelson say the arthritis affected him much more than he’s made known, according to the AP. (Which accounts for his unsuccessful attempts to secure the No.1 ranking at every tournament he played this summer and the best finish he managed post-US Open was T8 at the BMW Championship.)
Good news is that his health is feeling back to normal, thanks to a great medication.
“I’ve been taking one drug and I feel 100 percent,” he said. “I feel terrific. I cannot believe the difference. I’ve been able to do all the normal activities in my life. I’ve been able to practice at whatever level, and I honestly don’t feel any different than I did before.”
Mickelson shot three-under 69 in the first round at Shenshan International, four strokes behind leader Francesco Molinari.