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
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
”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
”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
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.