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.
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.
"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.
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Elliott Heath is our News Editor and has been with Golf Monthly since early 2016 after graduating with a degree in Sports Journalism. He manages the Golf Monthly news, features, courses and travel sections as well as our large Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. He covered the 2022 Masters from Augusta National as well as four Open Championships on-site including the 150th at St Andrews. His first Open was in 2017 at Royal Birkdale, when he walked inside the ropes with Jordan Spieth during the Texan's memorable Claret Jug triumph. He has played 35 of our Top 100 golf courses, with his favourites being both Sunningdales, Woodhall Spa, Western Gailes, Old Head and Turnberry. He has been obsessed with the sport since the age of 8 and currently plays at West Byfleet Golf Club in Surrey, where his handicap index floats anywhere between 2-5. His golfing highlights are making albatross on the 9th hole on the Hotchkin Course at Woodhall Spa, shooting an under-par round, playing in the Aramco Team Series on the Ladies European Tour and making his one and only hole-in-one at the age of 15 - a long time ago now!
Elliott is currently playing:
Driver: Titleist TSR4
3 wood: Titleist TSi2 HL
Irons: Mizuno MP-H4 3-iron, Mizuno MP5 4-PW
Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore 50, 54, 58
Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #5
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