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Golf Australia Express : January 2014
discovery requests, seeking specific information that suggested Dustin Johnson [below] and Scott Verplank may have used performance- enhancing substances. Also named were Doug Barron, Matt Every and Mark Calcavecchia, who all had run-ins with the PGA Tour over either PEDs or recreational drugs. But it didn’t end there. Singh and his legal team also demanded any information relating to any positive test for a banned substance by any golfer. It’s all because Singh claims the Tour has—and still is—discriminating against him. “Vijay alleges—and it is historically obvious—that the PGA Tour has administered many facets of the business in an inconsistent manner,” Singh’s lawyer Peter Ginsberg said. “The PGA Tour presently is attempting to keep from disclosure evidence of the manner in which it has engaged in that type of disparate treatment of players.” Naturally the PGA Tour knocked back the requests from Singh’s legal team, to protect the privacy and reputations of the golfers Singh targeted, among other reasons. Singh may eventually win his case against the Tour. He may eventually show that he was discriminated against and his reputation tarnished. But the question will always remain in my mind, exactly what reputation is he protecting? Even if he’s proved right, most golf fans stopped caring about this issue—and Singh, it seems—a long, long time ago. OTG It’s all because Singh claims the Tour has—and still is—discriminating against him. TELL US YOUR THOUGHTS