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Golf Australia Express : May 2013
SHARK CALLS FOR BLOOD TESTING IN CASE golf fans didn’t already know that drug testing in the sport is cursory at best, Greg Norman didn’t miss with his assessment of its anti-doping procedures. The former world No.1 was incensed that golfers on Tour are only urine tested. “I think it’s disgraceful, to tell you the truth,” Norman said. “If you really want to be serious about it and find about what’s really going on, we need to do blood testing.” VIJAY'S 'DEER ANTLER' DOPING CASE DROPPED VIJAY Singh has been given the all clear, with the PGA Tour dropping its doping case against the three-time major winner. PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem confirmed on Tuesday it was no longer investigating Singh’s admitted use of deer antler spray––a substance that contains a small amount of the IGF-1 growth hormone. The decision was based on new information provided by the World Anti-Doping Agency. WADA informed the Tour it no longer considered the use of antler spray prohibited except for a positive test result. Singh has never tested positive for IGF-1. “The bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Mr Singh," Finchem said. "Based on this new information, and given WADA's lead role in interpreting the prohibited list, the Tour deemed it only fair to no longer treat Mr Singh's use of deer antler spray as a violation of the Tour's anti-doping program." AROUND THE TRAPS SOUNDS ECHOING LAST month we had subwoofing sound guys Bose sign on as a PGA Tour sponsor in Asia. Now NEC has joined the electro-party by inking a deal to be the Tour’s umbrella sponsor in Latin America. NEC umbrellas will feature at all 15 of the PGA Tour Latinoamerica events. NO MORE NA TAUNTS THE Players Championship will be hoping there’s no repeat of the crowd behaviour that tarnished last year’s tournament. Remember the unruly gallery relentlessly taunting Kevin Na as he crumbled in the final round while struggling to pull the trigger on his swing? “I deserve it,” he said with incredible grace after his final round. But serioulsy, no one deserves that on course. Watch the video below. ZURICH RENEWS CLASSIC WHILE we’re talking sponsors, Zurich took the opportunity during last week’s tournament to announce it would extend its current deal with the New Orleans event for another five years. The insurance giant took over as title sponsor of the Zurich Classic in 2005. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS
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