Tag Archives: Drug testing

Jul
7
2015

Scott Stallings has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy. Stallings, a three-time winner on Tour, started taking a supplement last December (“DHEA, an anabolic agent that is the precursor to testosterone production and banned by the Tour,” according to GolfChannel.com’s report) to help with his chronic fatigue.

At the time, Stallings didn’t realize it was a prohibited substance, but once he figured it out, he turned himself in.

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Apr
30
2013
Singh: Oh deer!

Singh: Oh deer!

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced in a press conference at Quail Hollow Golf Club on Tuesday that Vijay Singh would not be suspended for using deer antler spray and the case against Singh has now been dropped.

In a Sports Illustrated article earlier this year, Singh revealed he had taken the substance, which contains IGF-1,a banned substance on the PGA Tour and other major sports leagues as set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). Subsequently, he released a statement that expressed his shock and anger, along with his ignorance it was prohibited.

Singh admitted he had used deer antler spray unknowingly, but there wasn’t a positive drug test, so he is in the clear. Basically, while IGF-1 is illegal, it is not a violation unless you test positive — even though there is no way of detecting the substance through blood testing.

Here’s the full statement from the PGA Tour:

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Apr
28
2013
The Shark calls out golf and drugs

The Shark wants stricter drug testing standards in golf

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.

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Jan
29
2013
Deer in headlights

Deer in headlights!

Vijay Singh, known for his intense work ethic on the golf course and in the gym, is one of the athletes who have used a banned substance from a two-man company run in the back of a gym in Alabama called S.W.A.T.S. — Sports With Alternatives to Steroids, according to a fascinating Sports Illustrated story.

Christopher Key and Mitch Ross sell products like deer antler spray, hologram chips and “negatively charged” water that claim to help enhance an athlete’s performance. The deer antler spray contains IGF-1 (insulin-like growth factor), a “natural anabolic hormone that stimulates muscle growth,” which is banned by the NCAA and every major pro league. 

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Jun
30
2011
By Stephanie Wei under PGA Tour

Garrigus comes back from the ashes

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dave Shedloski’s profile of Robert Garrigus in its entirety, and I recommend checking it out. As you may know, he went to rehab for 45 days for his addiction to marijuana, which naturally, comes up in the story. Garrigus, who tied for Low American with his T3 finish at the US Open, is incredibly likable and one of the nicest guys I’ve come across on the Tour. He’s also incredibly honest.

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