SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Ahead of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Wednesday, PGA Tour veteran Vijay Singh admitted use of deer antler spray, which contains a substance banned on the Tour.
Singh, who had not arrived at TPC Scottsdale when he issued a written statement, was named in a Sports Illustrated article as one of a number of athletes to have used a banned substance from a small company called S.W.A.T.S. — Sports with Alternatives to Steroids. The statement read as follows:
“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. 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.”
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It was not yet known Wednesday whether Singh would face any punishment for his admission. He is scheduled to tee off at 12:30 p.m. MT on for the first round on Thursday. Singh, who turns 50 in February, has 34 career victories on the PGA Tour — including the Phoenix Open in 1998 and 2003, but is winless since 2008.
Deer antler spray, which contains IGF-1, a hormone that stimulates muscle growth, was also linked to Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis in a Sports Illustrated report Tuesday. Lewis denied use of any performance enhancing drug.