Jimmy Walker Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

The 2016 USPGA Champion has announced that he has been diagnosed with the bacterial infection

Jimmy Walker Reveals He Has Lyme Disease
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The 2016 USPGA Champion has announced that he has been diagnosed with the bacterial infection but will tee it up this week on the PGA Tour

Jimmy Walker Reveals He Has Lyme Disease

The 2016 USPGA Champion Jimmy Walker has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

The disease is a bacterial infection that is spread to humans by infected ticks.

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Ticks are small spider-like creatures commonly found on golf courses because they live in woodland and heathland areas.

He has felt symptoms since November last year during Thanksgiving.

The six-time PGA Tour winner told media at The Masters, where he ended in a tie for 18th, that he was suffering with mononucleosis and felt sluggish.

Jimmy Walker

Walker with the famous Wanamaker Trophy after winning the 2016 USPGA Championship

"How long I've had it? I don't know. I know I haven't felt great since about then," Walker said.

"Been talking to some doctors, trying to figure out the course of action to take and get on some meds to get it going in the right direction.

"Basically feels like you got the flu. No strength, just got nothing," he said. "And it comes and goes in waves. You never know when it's going to pop up."

Walker will continue playing on the PGA Tour. This week he tees it up in the Valero Texas Open in San Antonio, where he grew up after being born in Oklahoma.

Elliott Heath
Senior Staff Writer

Elliott Heath is our Senior Staff Writer and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016. He graduated in Sports Journalism in 2016 and currently manages the Golf Monthly news, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. Elliott has interviewed some huge names in the golf world including Sergio Garcia, Thomas Bjorn, Bernd Wiesberger and Scotty Cameron as well as a number of professionals on the DP World and PGA Tours. He has also covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as three Open Championships including at Carnoustie in 2018 when he was inside the ropes with Tiger Woods. He has played 31 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Old Head and Alwoodley. He currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 4-6. His golfing highlight is making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, and he has made one hole-in-one.


Elliott is currently playing:


Driver: Honma TR20

3 wood: TaylorMade SIM2 Max

2 iron: Mizuno MP-18 MMC Fli-Hi

Irons: Mizuno MP5 4-PW

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x