SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS | For most of our lives, Jimmy Walker and I have shared little in common. He’s 14 years older, from a different state, enjoys astrophotography and spends much of his leisure time hunting in the Texas hill country. If not for him being a PGA Tour player and for me being a journalist who covers golf, the overlap would be microscopic.
But as of three years ago, Walker and I have stories that are eerily linked. We both have Lyme disease, our respective diagnoses coming three weeks apart in the spring of 2017.
Walker’s battle has been well-documented. He reached the peak of his career in 2016 when he captured the PGA Championship, his sixth Tour victory in less than three seasons. The tall and powerful player from Boerne, Texas, had risen to 15th in the world and appeared destined to be a legitimate threat for years to come.
A few months after winning his first major, Walker’s body started to break down. He initially thought the flu-like symptoms were the result of his busy schedule. But when the calendar flippe...
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