Could this be the real reason Phil Mickelson slid down that hill?

Sharon Wong

Phil Mickelson brought us all back to the heady days of childhood back at Whistling Straits. When he gleefully slid down a hill on a piece of cardboard, golf fans everywhere grinned ear-to-ear and thought fondly of more innocent times. While we’re sure Phil glad to have done his bit showing us that you’re never too old to play, we’re wondering if he had graver reasons for not just walking down like everyone else. You see, Phil Mickelson has long been suffering from an autoimmune disease called psoriatic arthritis.

It’s as painful as you think. Your body basically starts attacking your joints and tendons, causing them to swell from inflammation. The result is red, swollen joints that feel warm to the touch and hurt like mad. This would certainly have affected his game. There is a common symptom is the “sausage digit”, where the digits of your hands and feet balloon up like sausages and become almost impossible to maneuver. He wouldn’t be able to grip his club properly, maintain an ideal stance or walk from hole to hole without being in excruciating agony. We imagine that just sliding down that hill would have been the much more pleasurable option for more reasons than one. The butt, after all, is not a joint.

Fortunately for you Phil lovers, there is a way to manage the pain. Enbrel is a drug that blocks tumor necrosis factor (TNF), the substance responsible for all that pesky inflammation. He’s said that after taking it, he’s back in ship shape, more or less. When the condition flares up again, he could always slide down more hills. Why not get some pleasure out of your pain?