Scottsdale, AZ (Sports Network) - Vijay Singh admitted on Tuesday that he used
deer antler spray, a banned substance under the PGA Tour's Anti-Doping Policy.
After his name was included in a "Sports Illustrated" story about S.W.A.T.S.,
- Sports with Alternative to Steroids - "a two-man company run out of a gym
near Birmingham," Singh released a statement:
"In light of the recent article on sportsillustrated.com, I want to issue the
"While I have used deer antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may
contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy. In
fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients
and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer
antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put
myself in this position. I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am
cooperating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting
further at this time."
"Sports Illustrated" reported that Singh paid S.W.A.T.S. $9,000 for the spray
and various other products.
The tour notified players that the deer antler spray had been implicated in a
positive drug test. According to the article, golfers were made aware of the
spray's nature in 2011.
Singh, who turns 50 in a month, has long been one of the most physically fit
players in golf. He has at times been a lightning rod for controversy, but
this may reach another level.
The only player suspended by the PGA Tour for a banned substance was Doug
Barron. He received a one-year suspension due to a failed drug test for
elevated levels of testosterone.
Singh has not failed a drug test, so what the tour can do as to suspending
Singh remains to be seen.
Singh is still in the field this week for the Phoenix Open.
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