Vijay Singh admits using deer-antler spray

Vijay Singh has admitted he used deer-antler spray, saying he

wasn’t aware that it may contain a substance banned by the U.S. PGA

Tour.

The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an

interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine said Singh paid one

of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids’ owners $9,000 last

November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.

The magazine also reported Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis

sought help from SWATS in his recovery from a torn right triceps.

The company says its deer-antler substance contains a banned

performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone.

Singh released a statement on Wednesday at the Phoenix Open.

”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 the statement.

”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. I

have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am cooperating fully

with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further

at this time.”

Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said it was ”looking into the

matter.”

”I know that it’s obviously illegal, whatever it is,” Masters

champion Bubba Watson said. ”It sounds like something I would

never want near me. … I don’t even know how you take deer-antler

spray.

”It’s sad that people live and die by their sport and they have

to, I guess, cheat and go around it and try to better themselves

with deer-antler spray. I’m not just going to take something and

ask questions later. I’m not going to take deer antler-spray and

find out what it is later. … I think we should check them for

mental problems if they’re taking deer-antler spray. That’s kind of

weird.”

Singh won the last of his 34 tour titles in 2008. The three-time

major champion also has 22 international victories. Early in his

career, he was suspended from the Asian Tour for two years for

altering his scorecard during a tournament in Indonesia.

Doug Barron is the only player to be suspended under the tour’s

anti-doping policy, missing part of 2009 and most of 2010. The

one-year suspension was lifted in September 2010, and Barron was

granted a therapeutic use exemption for low testosterone.