Phoenix Open - Round 1 Today 1/31/13
January 31, 2013
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - Despite the fact the opening round of the PGA's Phoenix Open is being played today the big topic of discussion in Scottsdale, Ariz., has been deer-antler spray. After Sports Illustrated ran a story that said Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from a company which says its deer-antler spray and pills contain a naturally occurring banned product connected to human growth hormone, golfer Vijay Singh (VEE'-jay SING) admitted that he had used deer-antler spray. Singh said he had no idea that it contained any banned substances.
This morning, Singh withdrew, citing a back injury.
The start of the round was delayed because of frost.
In related news:
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) - Mark O'Meara doesn't think Vijay Singh would ever try to cheat but still believes the Fijian should be suspended "for a couple of months" by the PGA Tour for admitting he used a deer-antler spray that contains a banned substance.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - Former British Open winner Bob Charles of New Zealand says he used and promoted a banned deer-antler spray for more than 20 years and is surprised to learn it contains a substance that violates golf's doping protocols.
The 1963 Open winner was a spokesman for the deer-antler product and used it daily over two decades.