PGA Tour's Drug Tests Fall Short

PGA Tour's Drug Tests Fall Short

MARANA, Ariz. — The player most likely to be subjected to rigorous testing under the PGA Tour’s antidoping program would figure to be Tiger Woods, a 14-time major champion and one of the brightest stars in the sporting firmament.

But Woods said Tuesday that he had never been tested away from a tournament site. The only time he has been tested outside of competition, he said, was at the World Challenge in 2008, the year the tour’s antidoping policy was instituted. Woods played host at the tournament but did not play in it because he was recovering from knee surgery.

Referring to being tested away from a tournament site, Woods said, “I know guys who have, but I have not.”

This week’s Accenture Match Play Championship is Woods’s first competition since Vijay Singh admitted that he used deer antler spray, which contains IGF-1, an insulinlike growth factor that is on the tour’s list of prohibited substances.

Singh’s admission has thrown a spotlight on the tour’s antidoping program, which states that players can be tested in and out of tournament competition, and the PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw insisted the tour conducted tests on and off tournament sites. He did not provide details, citing privacy issues.

But Rory McIlroy, the world’s No. 1 player, said he was not among those tested. He was asked Tuesday when he was last tested outside of a tournament.

 

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