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Vijay Singh caught in doping controversy after "admitting using banned deer antler spray"

Golf legend Vijay Singh caught in doping controversy after 'admitting using banned deer antler spray'

Derek Lawrenson


09:09 GMT, 30 January 2013



11:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

Three-time major champion Vijay Singh is under investigation by the United States Tour after being linked to a banned substance.

Sports Illustrated claims that the
formidable Fijian, who has won more tournaments in his forties than any
golfer in history, has been using a deer antler spray containing IGF-1,
which the American magazine describes as a ‘natural anabolic hormone
that stimulates muscle growth.’

Deer-antler spray is banned by the major pro sports, including the PGA Tour and the NFL.

Vijay Singh

Under investigation: Vijay Singh has been linked with controversial supplements

The US Tour has repeatedly warned players against using sprays made by a company called SWATS – Sports with Alternatives to Steroids.

In 2011, former Open Champion Mark Calcavecchia was told to stop promoting the product.

According to Sports Illustrated, Singh paid $9,000 for the deer antler spray, an oscillating 'beam ray' lightbulb, stickers bearing holograms of a pyramid and power additives in November. He is quoted as saying that he uses the spray ‘every couple of hours….every day.’

Singh. a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame, said he sleeps with the 'beam ray' on and has put stickers, which SWATS term chips, on his ankles, waist and shoulders.

Vijay uses the SWATS products to boost muscle growth

Different strokes: Vijay uses the SWATS products to boost muscle growth

‘I’m looking forward to some change in my body, Singh told the magazine. ‘It’s really hard to feel the difference if you’ve only been doing it for a couple of months.’ US Tour vice-president Ty Votaw admitted the tour are looking into the report.

Singh, who is scheduled to play in the Phoenix Open starting on Thursday, has been battling a number of injuries over the past few years. He turns 50 next month and is looking forward to a lucrative career on the Senior Tour. Like every player, he is subjected to the tour’s random drug-testing programme. Results are not announced unless a player tests positive.

Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who will be taking part in the Super Bowl in New Orleans on Sunday, was also mentioned in the report. He denied any use of the spray when asked about it on Tuesday.

The PGA Tour has said it will look into a report linking Vijay Singh with the use of a deer antler spray previously found to have contained a banned growth hormone.

The Fijian will still play in this week's Waste Management Open in Phoenix, but Tour vice-president Ty Votaw has said they will investigate the claims made in an article which appeared in Sports Illustrated.

'As we have just been made aware of the report we have not had a chance to review it in depth, but we will be looking into it,' Votaw told USA Today Sports.

Sale 25 Saracens 23

Sale 25 Saracens 23: Miller strikes late to earn Sharks narrow win



22:22 GMT, 16 November 2012

Rob Miller's late penalty secured Sale Sharks' first triumph of this season's LV= Cup at the expense of Saracens at the Salford City Stadium.

Tries by Kameli Ratuvou and Joel Tomkins to go alongside 10 points from the boot of Nils Mordt gave Sarries a 20-12 half-time advantage, with Sale's response before the interval coming through Mark Cueto's score and a penalty try.

A Fraser McKenzie touchdown and a Danny Cipriani penalty took the Sharks into the lead before Ben Spencer's three-pointer edged the visitors ahead again, but Miller slotted a late penalty to earn the victory for the hosts.

Narrow win: Sale celebrate on their way to beating Saracens

Narrow win: Sale celebrate on their way to beating Saracens

With a vital Aviva Premiership encounter against Gloucester looming, Sale chose to select a weaker outfit to the one that had gone down 34-28 to London Irish the previous week.

However, it still looked stronger on paper than a Saracens team which rested the majority of their star players, particularly with Dwayne Peel and Cipriani starting at half-back for the hosts.

And the seven-times capped England international showed his quality from the off when a superb cut-out pass put Corne Uys in space.

The centre then produced a similarly sublime piece of skill to send Cueto away in the corner unopposed. Jordan Davies missed the conversion, but the home side led 5-0 after three minutes.

That advantage did not last long, though, as two scores in as many minutes put the visitors in front.

Firstly, Mordt slotted a penalty when Sale were penalised for holding on before a length-of-the-field move ended in Ratuvou touching down.

Instigated by Nick Auterac, the prop showed impressive pace to run 40 metres. Excellent support work and good hands from forwards and backs alike put the Fijian in space, and he did the rest.

Charge: Kearnan Myall of Sale Sharks is tackled by Ben Ransom of Saracens

Charge: Kearnan Myall of Sale Sharks is tackled by Ben Ransom of Saracens

It seemed to unsettle the Manchester-based outfit and Ben Ransom almost extended the away team's lead, but his jinking run was halted metres from the line.

That missed opportunity was to prove costly as the Sharks proceeded to go up the other end and score when referee Llyr ApGeraint Roberts awarded a penalty try for collapsing a maul.

But Saracens always looked dangerous with ball in hand. Another Ransom break set up a penalty opportunity which Mordt duly converted to take it to 13-12 in the visitors' favour.

Sarries full-back Ransom then rounded off an outstanding individual performance in the first half as a third menacing run allowed Tomkins to cross the whitewash, with Mordt adding the extras from out wide.

As conditions worsened for the start of the second period, the match became scrappy, but Eoin Sheriff offered the hosts hope after he was sin-binned for repeated team infringements.

And Sale took advantage of the extra man as McKenzie evaded two weak tackles to go over, Davies converting.

Cipriani and Spencer then traded three-pointers as Sarries held a one-point lead going into the closing stages, before Miller's late effort from the tee gave the Sharks victory.

Phil Mickelson charges into contention with course record to share lead with Vijay Singh at Crooked Stick

Mickelson charges into contention with course record to share lead with Singh at Crooked Stick



00:32 GMT, 9 September 2012

Phil Mickelson equalled the course record with a stunning eight-under-par 64 on Saturday to surge into a share of the lead alongside Vijay Singh in the PGA Tour BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in Carmel, Indiana.

The four-time major winner had 10 birdies, offset only by bogeys at the third and 14th holes, and will head into Sunday's final round tied with Fijian Singh on 16 under par.

Midway leader Singh carded a third-round 69, which would have looked much healthier had he not bogeyed three of his last five holes.

The pair were a shot clear of England's Lee Westwood and Northern Ireland's world number one Rory McIlroy after 54 holes.

In a happy place: Mickelson

In a happy place: Mickelson

Westwood posted a four-under 68 on Saturday, spurred by three birdies in his closing four holes, with PGA champion McIlroy signing for a 69.

Tiger Woods, who was level with McIlroy a stroke behind Singh heading into the third round, slipped off the pace with a 71.

The 14-time major winner, who had four bogeys on his front nine, will start Sunday on 13 under and in eighth place – a shot behind fellow Americans Robert Garrigus (66), Dustin Johnson (67) and Australia's Adam Scott (66).

Speaking after his sparkling round, Mickelson expressed his delight at the form he has shown over the past two weeks.

'Certainly my game went south for a while, and I was trying to piece it back together,' said the American left-hander, who finished joint fourth at the Deutsche Bank Championship in Norton on Monday.

Poster boy: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks across the practice green in front of a giant billboard

Poster boy: Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland walks across the practice green in front of a giant billboard

started with some iron play and it progressed to getting my driver back
to where I was hitting the ball straight and getting my speed back, and
now the putter is back.

taken me a little while to piece it back together, but I could tell
last week that my game was back and I was ready to play at the highest
level again.

'I knew heading
into this week I was going to have a good week. I came out very anxious
on Thursday and forced it a little too much the front nine and didn't
play a good nine holes.

after that I've been able to settle down and play some good golf. I'm
looking forward to tomorrow's shootout. It should be fun.'

Colourful: Lee Westwood (L) and Tiger Woods

Colourful: Lee Westwood (L) and Tiger Woods

McIlroy admitted he had not been at his best but was content with his position heading into Sunday.

wasn't the greatest ball-striking round out there that I've ever had,
but I somehow managed to scrape it around in 69 and still in with a
chance,' the 23-year-old said.

'As badly as I did hit it out there, I'm still happy with my position going into tomorrow.'

Open 2012: Ian Ladyman"s diary

Open All Hours: Ian Ladyman's diary from Royal Lytham



18:48 GMT, 20 July 2012

Beach balls

Nobody is more obsessed with
practice than Vijay Singh and he is regularly the first man on the
driving range at 6am. But news that the big Fijian spent early Thursday
evening hitting sand shots among the dunes on the beach will astonish
even those familiar with the 49-year-old’s habits. Maybe this golf
course just isn’t hard enough for him.

Perfectionist: Vijay Singh was out in the dunes

Perfectionist: Vijay Singh was out in the dunes

It’s an ill wind

The improved weather forecast for the weekend will cheer mobile chemist James Powell. Preparing for a summer working at pop festivals and sporting events, he bought 1,500 bottles of suntan lotion back in the spring. As of Friday lunchtime, he still had 1,450 left. The most common ailment here this week Chafing. ‘Too many middle-aged folk not used to all this walking,’ he smiled.

Staying grounded

Radio 5 Live’s Mark Chapman is a pretty unflappable character but he cut a rather nervous figure on Thursday, having been told he was to spend part of Friday in a TV hoist in order to describe a bird’s-eye view of the course. Ultimately, though, the Beeb decided Chappers was too valuable roaming the fairways. At least, that was his slant on his rather lucky escape.

Six pack see an ace

A handful of the fans hardy enough to still be on the course late on Wednesday evening witnessed evidence of halfway leader Brandt Snedeker’s talent. The likeable American holed his tee shot on the par four 16th hole for a three-under-par hole-in-one while playing on his own in practice. ‘There were only six people there,’ he said.

Early indicator: Brandt Snedeker stunned a small group of fans

Early indicator: Brandt Snedeker stunned a small group of fans

Thumbs up for…

The Lytham green staff. It was 3.10am on Friday when they were roused from their beds because the course was flooding under yet another deluge. At 7am there were lakes on the 15th fairway and the main entrance and hospitality areas were submerged. Thanks to water pumps, squeegees and old-fashioned hard work, though, play still started on time. Fantastic!

Thumbs down for…

Blackpool Pleasure Beach. The Fylde coast is full of wealthy golf tourists hoping to spend time in the area surrounding Lytham, especially the famous resort resplendent in all its gaudy glory. But one of its most popular attractions is closed in the evening. The gates have been locked on the Big One, the Ghost Train, etc at 6pm every night this week. What will they do next Knock down the Tower

Quote of the day

‘I just wish I could speak your language’ – A rather baffled Phil Mickelson — from across the pond — responds to a spectator who asked if he wanted to borrow his ‘brolly’.