Vijay Singh revealed in an interview to Sports Illustrated that he has used deer-antler spray in the past. He tells them he had absolutely no idea that it may contain a banned substance.
The magazine says Singh told them he paid one of the Sports With Alternatives To Steroids‘ (SWATS) owners $9,000 last November for the spray along with some other products.
Singh said in a statement:
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.”
There has only ever been one player suspended for the PGA’s anti-doping policy, Doug Barron missed part of 2009 and most of 2010. Following his suspension being lifted, Barron was granted a use exception for low testosterone.