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Steve Stricker ‘lucky to be alive’ after spending weeks in hospital with serious illness

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Steve Stricker has said he feels “lucky to be alive” after being hospitalized for weeks with a severe illness described as a “mysterious ailment.”

As reported by WisconsinGolf’s Gary D’AmatoStricker came down with a sore throat and heavy cough on Oct. 23, about a month after captaining the U.S. to victory at the Ryder Cup. The 54-year-old took antibiotics and felt better for a couple of weeks, but then his health issues quickly deteriorated.

Speaking to the publication, Stricker said:

“I came home from hunting one night and I was like, ‘I don’t feel good. My side hurts. I just don’t feel right. That night I had the sweats and all of a sudden, my temperature was 103. I went back to my primary and got amoxicillin, a heavier antibiotic. And I think I had a reaction to that. My throat started to close up, my lips got puffy, my glands got puffy, my tongue got puffy. It was like an allergic reaction. I was still having these 103-degree temps.”

Stricker revealed that his white blood cell count shot up, liver numbers got worse, and he was diagnosed with jaundice.

“So, I went into the hospital about two weeks before Thanksgiving and they kept me in there. That’s when the s— hit the fan. My liver numbers started getting worse. My white blood cell count was jacked up really high. I was fighting something, but they couldn’t find out what it was. My liver was going downhill. I got jaundice. I was yellow and peeing out Pepsi-colored pee.”

Stricker tested negative for COVID and was discharged from the hospital 11 days later, just before Thanksgiving, but he ended up back in the hospital three days later.

“You don’t know where this road is leading to. I never thought that I’m not getting out of there kind of thing. But I didn’t eat for two weeks. I didn’t have any energy or appetite to eat. I had a hard time just getting up and walking because of the heart. I took a few steps to the bathroom in my room and I’d be out of breath.”

The former World Number 2 is back in Florida with his family after being discharged from hospital for a second time at the end of last year. He is currently on several medications and still unable to consume solid food.

“My heart is in rhythm now. It was jumping in and out of rhythm from Thanksgiving all the way to Christmas Eve. So, knock on wood. And I’m on less medication. The inflammation number that they can find out with blood tests is saying that my inflammation is going down. And it must be, because I’m feeling better. I’m walking around a little bit. I’m starting to be a little bit more active and building a tolerance a little bit better. So, things are definitely better.”

Stricker has lost 25lbs in weight while fighting the illness and described his skin as “hanging” as he continues his recovery.

“I’m down 25 pounds. I’m freshman-in-high school weight. I lost all my muscle. I look like an 85-year-old man, dude. My skin is hanging.”

The Wisconsin-native has started to hit a few chip shots at his home in Florida, but per his cardiologist, it may be six months before he can tee it up again on the PGA Tour Champions. 

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  1. Luke

    Jan 9, 2022 at 8:06 am

    Instead of going to the hospital he should have posted his symptoms on the internet so all of the a-hole geniuses could have diagnosed it

    • Holdin Tudiks

      Jan 9, 2022 at 2:03 pm

      Chucy the groomer seems to know just about everything. He also has a sign in his front yard signaling all of his virtues, including but not limited to his medical history, his wife’s escapades with the neighbors (while he watched), and which lives matter to “him”. That is the way of a true beta male.

  2. Manny

    Jan 7, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    White blood cell count and liver numbers both going in the wrong direction, dark colored urine, jaundice, cannot keep solid foods in your system… sounds like what I was suffering from about 3 years ago (well before the China Virus). I was finally diagnosed with Autoimmune Hepatiitis.

  3. Sabbath Bloody Sabbath

    Jan 7, 2022 at 7:15 pm

    Who cares. Someone does every half second in this world.

  4. Mike C

    Jan 7, 2022 at 5:34 pm

    Sounds more like Lyme disease.

  5. richie

    Jan 7, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    sounds like mono

  6. John Krug

    Jan 7, 2022 at 2:40 pm

    Get well Steve.

  7. Jeff Monik

    Jan 7, 2022 at 11:58 am

    Hepatitis
    Clue. Out hunting and not washing him or whoever did the cookin

  8. Chucy

    Jan 7, 2022 at 9:49 am

    I recall the hospitalization of Patrick Reed, and the confusing and frankly incredible statements by Reed about how and when he was tested for COVID. Reed never answered the clear and simple questions as to whether he had in fact been vaccinated before that hospitalization, and whether he was treated as a COVID patient during that hospitalization.

    So now we have this story with Steve Stricker; the simple questions that are unanswered by this story are (1) was Stricker vaccinated last summer, when he was eligible, and (2) have Stricker’s doctors said what their differential diagnosis was?

    Because whether it is Patrick Reed, or Steve Stricker, or any other patient in a US hospital, the diagnosis is never “mysterious disease.”

    • Dixon Diaz

      Jan 7, 2022 at 10:43 am

      Or maybe its none of our business, Chuy.

      • Terry

        Jan 7, 2022 at 11:07 am

        Sorry to hear about Steve, what A difficult time. I think it is “our business” once the article is published, with quotes from Steve. It’s the price of fame. Yes, what is the diagnosis?

      • Chucy

        Jan 7, 2022 at 7:54 pm

        All the ant-vaxxers say, “It’s private.”

        But that can’t be true; Stricker is saying all sorts of “private” stuff about his hospitalization. All kinds of private treatment information. Everything he wants to say, that is.

        I’m not stating that Stricker has to answer every health care and vaccination question. I am saying, he should be asked. And having been asked more specific relevant questions, after already speaking at length to the details of his hospitalization, Stricker could hardly justify a refusal to answer.

        • Tyler Durden

          Jan 14, 2022 at 8:51 pm

          Steve violated “HIPPA” against himself ?

    • Brooks

      Jan 7, 2022 at 12:11 pm

      Ya, people aren’t treated with antibiotics for a virus… COVID doesn’t cause jaundice, also, it doesn’t matter what the differential diagnosis was. Someimes a “mysterious disease” does happen, you treat infections and sometimes they get worse then it clears up with the right treatment.
      Medicine is called a “practice” for a reason.
      Lastly, who cares what they had or did not, not your business.

      • Doc Brown

        Jan 7, 2022 at 7:22 pm

        Mystery disease. Only cured by being hooked up to gigawats.

    • Jay

      Jan 7, 2022 at 1:39 pm

      Clearly they are hiding the fact that they were vaccinated (both were)…

      • Chucy

        Jan 8, 2022 at 8:49 pm

        I’d be very interested in any clear, authoritative statements on exactly when Reed and Stricker were vaccinated.

        It’s like the easiest question in the world. “Were you vaccinated, and boosted?” Answering,“Yes,” and some dates.

        This story didn’t have that info on Stricker. And the previous reporting on Reed never made it clear either.

    • Brandon

      Jan 7, 2022 at 7:13 pm

      Remember all of human history before 2019 when people got sick and went to the hospital for things other than Covid? Those things still exist.

      • Sisted Twister

        Jan 10, 2022 at 2:42 am

        Brandon is correct. The comments about this being caused by the vaccine are fake news and absolutely ridiculous. I’ve been vaccinated for many things in my life, including 3 for cov, and none has caused me any harm. Nor hundreds of millions of other people.

        Stricker is lucky, though, that he was able to be treated. Anti-vax, anti-mask, anti-smart people are clogging hospitals nation-wide with serious cov illness. Maybe once we reach 1M dead in the US, a few more will take it seriously?

        • Jerome

          Jan 10, 2022 at 5:00 pm

          It is funny how you belittle those who do actual research.

          • Dave

            Jan 12, 2022 at 8:25 am

            Agreed…….dude is brainwashed

          • Tyler Durden

            Jan 14, 2022 at 8:53 pm

            Going on the internet while you take a dump is not “doing your oe\wn research”

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Our Matt Vincenzi…”The streaming service giant, Netflix has revealed its plans for a docuseries profiling some of the biggest names on the PGA TOUR.”
  • “Netflix recently had a great deal of success with a similar show following Formula 1 racing titled, Drive to Survive. It seems they are going down a similar path with the upcoming golf series.”
  • “The cast announced for the show has no shortage of superstars and includes: Collin Morikawa, Justin Thomas, Jordan Spieth, Dustin Johnson, Xander Schauffele, Viktor Hovland, Rickie Fowler, Tommy Fleetwood, Sergio Garcia, and many other big names.”
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Rosaforte was considered to be one of the most respected golf reporters on the PGA Tour amongst peers and players alike, covering a total of 147 major championships and 17 Ryder Cups.

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