A week after admitting he used the Ultimate Spray – a deer-antler extract that contains IGF-1, which is banned by every major sports league including the PGA Tour – Vijay Singh will meet with tour commissioner Tim Finchem today, according to Golf Channel.
Golf Channel’s Todd Lewis reported the meeting will take place at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. Singh, the 2000 Masters Tournament champion who has three major titles, is scheduled to play this week’s event and hit golf balls on the practice range at Pebble Beach on Tuesday.
Last Wednesday, Singh released a statement following a Sports Illustrated report that linked him to the Ultimate Spray, which is produced by a company called S.W.A.T.S. (Sports with Alternatives to Steroids).
According to the Tour’s policy, which was initiated in 2008, a player’s first doping violation can result in a suspension of up to one year, although Tour commissioner Finchem “may depart from the sanction guidance ... as he deems appropriate in a particular case.”
Complicating matters for Finchem and the tour is that although HGH and IGF-1 have been on the banned list since the circuit began testing, they do not test for either substance. Like most other professional sports, the tour does not require blood tests, which is the only way to test for HGH and IGF-1.
WILSON INJURED: Former Augusta State All-American Oliver Wilson will be sidelined for six weeks after suffering a broken wrist in a bizarre accident in late January.
Wilson injured himself at his home in Weybridge, England, he tweeted.
“Did it avoiding a deadly snowball, slipped in the snow,” he said in the tweet. “If I’d known I’d get injured at home might as well have gone skiing!”
SHORT COURSE: The U.S. Open at Merion will be the shortest course for a major championship in eight years.
USGA executive director Mike Davis said Merion, which has not played host to a major since 1981, will be 6,992 yards on the scorecard.
The last major course that was under 7,000 yards was Shinnecock Hills for the 2004 U.S. Open, which played 6,996 yards.