Greg Norman called out golf’s anti-doping procedure and implied the problem in the game goes beyond, say, Vijay Singh using deer-antler spray.
“You only have to look at what happened to Vijay Singh just recently to know the drugs issue is there,” Norman told The Australian on Monday.
Norman believes professional golf needs to implement more stringer standards, including blood-testing.
“How deep it is (the problem), I have no idea because we only do urine analysis instead of blood testing,” Norman said. “If you really want to be serious about it and find about what’s really going on, we need to do blood testing. I think it’s disgraceful, to tell you the truth. The golf associations have to get together and step it up.
“It’s a pinprick for a player and you find out what’s going on. If you’re the head of golf or any sport, if you’re the commissioner for a sport, it’s your responsibility to make sure your sport is clean. … That should be your No. 1 priority.
“Any sportsman or sportswoman who uses an outside agency to improve their skills is cheating,” Norman said. “It sickens me. They’re putting a black eye on their sport. If a sport gets itself clean, the corporate dollars will always be there because people will know it’s a sport they can trust. The rest will take care of itself.”
Norman, who was in his native Australia for golf-course design work, certainly has a point and he’s not the first to speak out against the current standards of golf’s anti-doping procedures (or lack thereof), especially with the sport returning to the Olympics in 2016.