Jimmy Walker, the defending PGA Championship winner, announced Wednesday that he’s battling Lyme disease. While he’s not sure exactly when he got it, he said he has not felt right in months.
Here’s some of what Walker had to say about his situation (via CBS Sports):
“I actually tested positive for Lyme Disease, found that out Wednesday of Augusta,” Walker said. “So we’ve been talking to a lot of doctors. I think that was more of what was going on as opposed to the mono, and a lot of doctors think that wasn’t really anything that was going on. Been very tired and fatigued and no strength and it comes and goes in waves and just hasn’t been real fun.
“So, dealing with that and I think I’ve had it for, you know, a little while now. I haven’t felt really good since Thanksgiving. I’m holding strong to that. How long I’ve had it, I don’t know. I know I haven’t felt great since about then. So, 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.”
Walker finished tied for 18th at The Masters, but expressed his determination to get over this bout with Lyme disease, which typically originates from tick bites. Infected persons can experience symptoms like severe headaches, rashes, heart problems, and even inflammation in the brain, among others.
Walker has not officially started treatment yet though as more tests are pending.
With six victories on the PGA Tour, including one major, on his resume, hopefully Walker will be fully healthy soon now that he knows what he’s dealing with.
h/t: cbssports.com, golf.com, webmd.com