O’Meara says Singh should be punished for doping

Vijay Singh should be suspended ”for a couple of months” by

the U.S. PGA Tour for admitting he used deer-antler spray which

contains a banned substance, two-time major winner Mark O’Meara

said on Thursday.

O’Meara, who called Singh a friend, said he heard about the

Fijian’s admission on Wednesday but doesn’t believe he benefited on

the course from the unorthodox treatment.

”I was obviously a little bit surprised with what I heard but I

don’t think Vijay is a guy that would ever take advantage of

anything. I know Vijay,” O’Meara said, after finishing his first

round at the Dubai Desert Classic.

”I guess they could probably suspend him for a couple of

months. I would think so,” he said. ”Listen, people have had to

pay the price before and he should be no different. If that is the

case and the commissioner and tour feels he should be suspended for

x amount of time, I think Vijay is man enough that he’ll do


The 49-year-old Singh said he paid one of Sports With

Alternatives To Steroids’ owners $9,000 in November for the spray

and other products, Sports Illustrated said. Singh released a

statement at the Phoenix Open confirming he had taken it but that

he was ” absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a

banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this


Singh, who won the last of his 56 titles in 2008, said he will

cooperate with the tour’s review of the issue.

Bob Charles, the 1963 British Open winner, said in New Zealand

on Thursday he also used and promoted deer-antler spray for more

than 20 years and was surprised to learn it contained a banned

substance. Charles was a spokesman for the deer-antler product and

used it daily over two decades.

Despite Singh’s admission, O’Meara and other golfers said they

felt the measures in place to combat doping in golf, including

random testing, were adequate.

”I don’t think doping is a problem in golf whatsoever. I really

don’t,” Paul Casey said. ”There are so many facets to our sport.

Why was he taking it? Was he taking it to recovery from injury? It

doesn’t help you get the ball in the hole at the end of the day.

This is the first case I’ve heard where a guy admitted to taking


The oddity of deer-antler spray being used by golfers was the

talk on the Dubai course on Thursday, with golfers including Lee

Westwood having a good laugh about it. Most said they had never

heard of it until the story on Singh.

”Deer-antler spray? That sounds like something you wax your car

with, doesn’t it?” Westwood said. ”I’ve never heard of it … you

have to be careful about what you take. I try not to take anything

now, really, other than Corona and vodka.”

Colin Montgomerie, a rival of Singh during their heydays, called

the whole case ”odd” and said the European Tour doctor ”came to

us (and said) deer antler, whatever it is, don’t take that this

afternoon lads.”

He insisted the tour had nothing to worry about with him when it

came to doping.

”I can only speak for myself and it’s not widespread within the

Montgomerie family,” the 2010 Europe Ryder Cup captain said,

looking down at his torso. ”Unfortunately. You can see that

though, can’t you, really.”