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Oh deer: Singh withdraws in Phoenix

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Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Waste Management Phoenix Open, one day after admitting to the use of deer antler spray, which contains a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping policy.

Deer antler spray contains the chemical IGF-1, a natural anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth.

Singh was recently named in a Sports Illustrated report about a sports supplement company, Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, in which the company claims to have provided products for athletes including Singh and Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis. According to the story, Singh paid $9,000 for the deer antler spray and other products in November.

In the SI interview, Singh said he “used the spray every couple hours … every day.”

“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,” Singh said in a statement Wednesday. “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.”

 

Singh said that he has been in contact with the Tour about the matter and is fully cooperating. Tour Vice President Ty Votaw said the Tour is currently looking into the matter.

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  1. jho

    Feb 1, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    Wonder if Tiger was using this stuff a while back….maybe making him too “horny”? yes, pun intended.

  2. pablo

    Jan 31, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    Seriously: From NASCAR to NFL to MLB to PGA, anytime there is a motivation to excel and win, there will be motivation to enhance performance.

    Not so Seriously: this quote from yesterday by Westwood 🙂

    “Deer antler spray? It sounds like something you’d wax your car with,” Westwood told Bernie McGuire following the first round of the Dubai Desert Classic. “I’ve never heard of it.”

    “You just have to be very careful what you take and I try not to take anything now other than Corona and vodka, and not together.”

  3. donald

    Jan 31, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Vijay has been open and honest. However I have no doubt other players take banned substances. The PGA never seem to test these players. We all know who they are> In particular there is one player that has got bigger and bigger over the years and his face became more and more puffy….. I am sure his trainer even got caught with banned substances!!!!! Plan and simple cheating but it all comes down to money!!!!

  4. Troy Vayanos

    Jan 31, 2013 at 2:23 pm

    It’s good to see Vijay Singh’s honesty on the matter. It shows his remorse and acknowledgement of doing the wrong thing. He’s as honest as they come and have no doubt he would never take any substance to seek an advantage over his fellow golf professionals.

    Hopefully the matter can be sorted and finalised with no penalty resulting.

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Now in it’s second year, the tournament’s unique two-man team format has attracted a wealth of top talent, including 10 of the top 14 golfers in the OWGR. We’re on the scene snapping bag pictures and have five galleries from TPC Louisiana’s range Tuesday. We also have a look inside Ryan Ruffels bag, a peek at Jimmy Walker’s putter, a look in Brooks Koepka’s bag, and more!

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