Is Phil Mickelson Vegan? All You Need To Know About His Diet

Published 12/29/2021, 2:40 PM EST
Golf – The 2020 Ryder Cup – Whistling Straits, Sheboygan, Wisconsin, U.S. – September 26, 2021 Team USA vice captain Phil Mickelson after winning The Ryder Cup REUTERS/Brian Snyder


On several occasions, Phil Mickelson has made headlines and attracted the attention of many with his unusual diet plans. However, the golf world is still not very clear on the topic, as many believe him to be a vegan. But is that true?

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Despite what rumors say, Phil Mickelson is not vegan. After a couple of months of being vegetarian, he fell back on his earlier, slightly improved diet. Phil was rumored to have had a commonly unhealthy diet throughout his life. In fact, Paul Azinger once opened up about his shock at witnessing Lefty’s breakfast.

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From way back in 2002, he expressed his amazement and said, “I look over at Phil, and he’s got a plate loaded with three waffles topped with two fried eggs. Lots of butter and plenty of syrup. And he’s washing it down with a diet coke.”

However, where did the speculations about him being vegan begin? Let’s take a look at the time period that may have started these rumors.

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Phil Mickelson follows a strict diet post-Psoriatic Arthritis diagnosis

In 2010, Mickelson was diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis; a condition in which the cells in your immune system start to attack the healthy cells in your joints and tissues. While not always true, his unhealthy diet may have been a factor that led to it. However, in order to combat this, Lefty decided to make some massive changes in his life.

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For almost five months, he switched to a vegetarian lifestyle, meaning no consumption of meat. He possibly saw the benefits of this change, which is why, when he switched back, he stuck to the addition of a combination of fruits and veggies.

LA JOLLA, CA – JANUARY 23: Phil Mickelson drink some coffee on the 1st hole on the South Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament at Torrey Pines Municipal Golf Course on January 23, 2020. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Since then, he has tried various diet plans. However, none of them traced back to any plant-based diet. A well-known one was a six-month doctor consulted diet he did, which mainly comprised special coffee blend and water.

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So, while back on track with his usual diet, he is definitely more aware of the food he is putting into his body now. What do your thoughts about the same?

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Ishita Bhargava

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Ishita Bhargava is a Golf content writer at Essentially Sports. Currently pursuing her undergraduate degree from the Shri Ram College of Commerce, she has a keen interest in sports and fitness. When not playing or watching a sports event, Ishita can be seen spending time with her pets or binge-watching.

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