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Phil Mickelson coping with psoriatic arthritis

The USPGA Championship, Whistling Straits, 12-15 August
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Phil Mickelson
Mickelson has been practising at Whistling Straits ahead of Thursday's first round

World number two Phil Mickelson has revealed that he is suffering from psoriatic arthritis.

It is an inflammatory joint disease which can cause stiffness, pain and lack of movement.

The 40-year-old American, who will attempt to win his fifth major at this week's USPGA Championship, said treatment for the disease is working.

"It is very treatable and the medicine I've been taking has been very helpful," he said. "I feel 90%."

Mickelson said the problem surfaced just before the US Open in June and he was on anti-inflammatories during last month's Scottish Open and Open Championship.

For the last two weeks has been injecting himself weekly with a drug that he has been told to take for the next year.

"About eight weeks ago, about five days before the US Open, I woke up and had some intense pain in some areas of my body, some joints and tendons and so forth," he said. "I couldn't walk.

"I ended up going and seeing a doctor and I ended up going back to the Mayo Clinic right after the Open to get a second opinion.

"Everything is fine now. I have been starting treatment and things have been great."

And the 2005 USPGA champion also revealed that he has become a vegetarian to aid his recovery.

"As long as I believe that there's a possibility that it will help me overall, I'll continue to do that," he said.


"If it will somehow keep this in remission or stop it from coming back, I'll be able to do it. But I haven't been put to the real test. The real test is driving by a (American fast food outlet) Five Guys and not stopping!"

Mickelson said he now has his sights set on deposing the out-of-sorts Tiger Woods as world number one.

"When I said I wasn't thinking about it too much I really wasn't - I was more concerned about getting through some of this stuff," he said.

"Now that we seem to have a treatment that works and I feel great and I can work out and practise again I'm looking forward to getting my game sharp for this week and the FedExCup and the Ryder Cup."

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