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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'

By
Derek Lawrenson

PUBLISHED:

09:09 GMT, 30 January 2013

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UPDATED:

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.

Kevin-Prince Boateng"s sex life blamed for injury curse

Underwear model girlfriend of Milan star Boateng blames injuries on too much sex

Footballers end up in the physio's room for any number of reasons, from the curious to the ridiculous. But Kevin Prince Boateng appears to have trumped the lot after his sex life was blamed for a string of injuries.

Forget former England goalkeeper David James straining his back reaching for a TV remote control, or fellow custodian Dave Beasant dropping a full jar of salad cream on his foot and severing a tendon in his big toe.

High times: Kevin Prince Boateng has impressed on the few occasions he's been able to play for AC Milan this season

High times: Kevin Prince Boateng has impressed on the few occasions he's been able to play for AC Milan this season

And not even Rangers and Scotland defender Kirk Broadfoot being admitted to hospital after a poached egg fresh out of the microwave exploded squirting scalding water in to his face can compare with The Prince's series of setbacks.

Getting busy: Melissa Satta claims to sleep with Prince up to 10 times a week

Getting busy: Melissa Satta claims to sleep with Prince up to 10 times a week

The former Tottenham and Portsmouth man has only started 11 Serie A games this season through a range of injuries, the reasons for all of which, have been divulged by his girlfriend.

Boateng, who would be at the Africa Cup of Nations had he not chosen to retire from international football, suffered a fresh problem last week and is a doubt for the Champions League date with Arsenal due to a muscle strain.

That prompted Sports Illustrated model Melissa Satta to reveal: 'The reason why he is always injured is because we have sex 7-10 times a week.

'I hate foreplay, I want to get straight to the point. My favourite position is on top so I can take control.'

Well, Kevin, it's certainly a novel form of treatment.