Sir Bob Charles admits using deer-antler spray

Former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand says he

used and advertised a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20

years without realizing it contained a substance that violated

golf’s doping protocols.

Charles, who was the first left-hander to win a major tournament

when he took out the 1963 Open, was a spokesman for the deer antler

product and used it daily over two decades.

He said he was ”totally unaware of illegal substances…being

in the horn or the antler of the deer. I take one or two deer

velvet capsules daily and have been doing so for virtually 20 years

or more.”

Fiji golfer Vijay Singh is currently under investigation after

admitting to using the spray which contains the banned muscle

growth hormone IGF-1.