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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
B UT WAS there more? Perhaps not for a bloke whose body inexplicably began to fail. Months after his Masters victory, big Phil was barely able to walk, let alone swing his sticks in anger. His new adversary? Psoriatic arthritis. It’s a condition that attacks the joints and skin, and for a golfer’s game, it’s often a death sentence. It came hard at Mickelson as he prepared to play the US Open. “I was laying in bed and any movement was painful. I had to go lie on the couch because whenever Amy would move, it would hurt,” Phil said of his early pain. “A few days later I went out to play golf and the pain had extended to my shoulders and I wasn’t able to take the club back.” Once again, it was time for Mickelson to reassess. Were major-winning opportunities now a fanciful dream? Was his career on the fast track to obscurity? Not yet. Medical treatment, a radically remodeled diet and subsequent weight loss all combined to provide the 40-year-old with another tilt at a big one. It took him three years, but that tilt finally tipped him back on top at Muirfield last month. Like him or not, you can’t help but have respect for a man who reinvents himself three times and continues to come up trumps. The Champ just keeps on punching. OTG
July 2013 - THE OPEN