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Psoriatic Arthritis Doesn't Keep Phil Mickelson From Winning the British Open

By July 21, 2013

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Is there anything more inspiring to people who have arthritis than to see someone else with the disease living their dream and doing it successfully? The inspiration today came from pro golfer Phil Mickelson who won the British Open for the first time in his career, playing what he described as the best round of his career. According to CBS News, Mickelson won the claret jug with a 5-under 66, winning by 3 strokes. He birdied four of the last six holes. While this is his first British Open win, Mickelson has won 5 major championships and been the runner-up 8 times.

You may recall Phil Mickelson was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis 3 years ago. Not only did he go public with his diagnosis, the next year (in 2011) Mickelson partnered with Amgen and Pfizer, the Arthritis Foundation, and the National Psoriasis Foundation to launch a program that would educate others about psoriatic arthritis. You have likely seen him on television in ads for Enbrel, too.

Congratulations Phil Mickelson! And, thanks for the dose of inspiration!

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