Vijay Singh lawyer says PGA Tour is exempting golfers from drug testing

By Kyle Porter | Golf Writer

Vijay Singh is back in the news for his deer antler spray incident. (USATSI)
Vijay Singh is back in the news for his deer antler spray incident. (USATSI)

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Vijay Singh's lawyer, Peter Ginsburg, brought up an interesting case in court in October against the PGA Tour when trying to settle the suit Singh brought against the PGA Tour for his (allegedly) mishandled deer antler spray case.

According to Golf News Net Ginsburg essentially accused the PGA Tour of making an example of Singh while letting others slip through the cracks.

"[O]ne of the elements of bad faith that we are prepared to show in this case, is that the PGA (Tour) has made exception after exception after exception, both with regard to whom it was administering this drug policy, and against whom it was disciplining, violators of the drug policy," Ginsburg said.

Singh is in court because he's suing the PGA Tour to "reclaim his reputation and hold the PGA Tour responsible for its unwarranted effort to suspend Singh for his use of deer antler spray."

The suspension was tossed out after the PGA Tour determined that deer antler spray didn't contain enough IGF-1 (the banned substance) to warrant a suspension based on admission alone. A positive test would have to take place which, in this case, it did not.

His lawyer continued to stress that Tim Finchem, who as Golf News Net pointed out, has executive control over punishment of golfers who test positive for a banned substance, has acted erroneously.

"[F]or some reason, for some reason, for some reason, the PGA (Tour) singled out Mr. Singh and treated him in a way that it has not historically or uniformly treated other PGA (Tour) members."

At first glance this seems a lot like sour grapes but I admit it does seem a bit quizzical that commissioner Finchem would wield so much singular power.

As Golf News Net pointed out, it's also intriguing that only one golfer has ever been publicly suspended for testing positive for banned substances.

"In the nearly six-year history of the Anti-Doping Program, Doug Barron is the only player the PGA Tour has publicly announced tested positive for a banned substance and was suspended under the program. Barron was suspended for one year in 2009 for taking anabolic steroid testosterone injections and a Beta blocker."

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