After five months of trying out a strict vegetarian diet, three-time Masters winner Phil Mickelson has decided to call it quits. Mickelson started the diet last year in an effort to stave off his psoriatic arthritis, but was showing signs of weakness back in November.
“I don’t know. We’ll see,” Mickelson responded when asked about the diet. “We can talk about it in January, and I’ll have a better idea. See how the holidays go.”
Apparently, they didn’t go all that well.
It couldn’t have been easy for Mickelson, going cold turkey (or, more appropriately, cold veggie) like that: the golfer is also the proud owner of the rights to Five Guys burger joints in his native Orange County. He has also mentioned his love of In-n-Out Burger as a kid, and old habits die hard. He said himself he thinks the whole idea was “doomed to fail.”
But all is not lost, as Mickelson seems to be taking some important lessons away from the experience. “I learned a lot from that as far as eating habits and diet and so I’ve implemented a lot of the things from that,” said Mickelson. “I continue to eat a lot more vegetables than I have in the past and I’m trying to have a better balance now than instead of all protein.”
Come on, Lefty! Five Guys has a veggie option! Maybe he would be more focused if he had a gallery of hushed spectators around him every time he ate who politely clapped with each bite of tofu.