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Golf Australia Express : August 2013 - PGA Championship
W HEN WALKING, TALKING DISASTER JOHN DALY IS TELLING YOU ENOUGH IS ENOUGH, THAT’S SAYING SOMETHING. Daly, a man of the most extreme excesses (drinking, gambling, ciggies, junk food and those horrific, Chernobyl- inspired chinos, to name but a few) has rarely been able to draw the line at the right time. But even he could see Vijay Singh should have just shut up and moved on after the PGA Tour cleared the Fijian of anything untoward in an investigation into his use of controversial deer antler spray. Having admitted to using the spray in a Sports Illustrated story in January, Singh unwittingly became a test case in the search for answers as to the substance’s legality in professional sport. It was banned. He took it. Big trouble was brewing, but then the Tour delved into it further. In April, the Tour ruled the spray didn’t contain enough of the performance-enhancing growth hormone IGF-1, and so removed antler spray from the banned list after a World Anti Doping Agency (WADA) recommendation (although IGF-1 remains on the Tour’s banned substance list). Consequently, the investigation into Singh was dropped. Singh, despite having been “absolutely co-operative and forthcoming” during the investigation according to Tour commissioner Tim Finchem, wasted no time. He was forthcoming, all right. With a lawsuit. Singh had been “humiliated, ashamed, ridiculed, scorned and emotionally distraught” as a result of the investigation, he claimed. His reputation was irreparably damaged, his lawsuit said, seemingly ignoring the fact that he clearly breached golf’s drug rules, and got off on a technicality. IT LEADS GOLF FANS TO WONDER: WHAT REPUTATION IS HE PROTECTING?
July 2013 - THE OPEN