The PGA Tour has confirmed in a statement that Vijay Singh will not be suspended from the game for using deer antler spray.
Singh, who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2005 and is a winner of 34 Tour titles, admitted earlier this year in an interview with Sports Illustrated to using deer-antler spray but was unaware that it could contain a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone.
But the three-time major champion, golf clubs for sale who has won more tournaments in his forties than any other golfer in history, has now been cleared of a doping violation on appeal.
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said that Singh had initially been sanctioned by the Tour, titleist ap2 712 irons then appealed the sanction. Singh was consequently cleared because the status of deer antler spray had been changed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
There had been no positive test for Singh; the investigation was triggered when Singh admitted he had used the substance.
Singh has since withdrawn from this week's Wells Fargo Championship and was unavailable for comment.
Here's the full statement from the PGA Tour:
The PGA Tour Anti-Doping Program, which has been in effect since July 2008, closely follows the International Anti-Doping Standard set forth by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) particularly as it relates to the interpretation and application of the List of Prohibited Substances and Methods.
In a Jan 28 2013 article that appeared on SI.com, Vijay Singh was quoted as admitting to his use of a deer antler spray supplement. Subsequently, 913 d3 driver Mr.Singh confirmed his use of deer antler spray in a statement he issued. Deer antler spray contains IGF-1, a growth factor listed on both the WADA and PGA Tour Prohibited Lists, which the PGA Tour warned players about in August 2011. After the SI.com article came out, WADA also issued a warning about deer antler spray on Feb 5 2013.
There is no test for IGF-1 currently available in routine blood testing. titleist 910f fairway wood However, the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy provides that an admission to the use of a prohibited substance is a violation of the policy even if there is no positive drug test.