Vijay Singh On Hot Seat For Using A Banned Substance

By Les Bailey
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Vijay Singh, who is at the Waste Management Phoenix Open, has found himself  in the middle of a firestorm for using Deer Antler Spray in an attempt to fight off the affects of Father Time. Singh has openly admitted to using the product which he purchased from S.W.A.T.S for $9000, but is holding with the story that he didn’t know the product contained ingredients that are banned by the PGA.

With the story breaking throughout the world of sports, I find it strange that the PGA has yet to comment on the situation, and there is no mention of it on their website. The fact that Singh has openly admitted to using the substance,  what are they waiting for? Like a child that has been caught with his hand in the cookie jar, he needs to be suspended and go home.

He has run the oldest gamut in the book out, that he had no idea he had done anything wrong, and has turned himself into the PGA. He  is prepared to take his medicine (no pun intended).

Several of golf’s stars have commented on the subject, and during a press conference, Bubba Watson was the more vocal, and was unsure of what a person does with Antler Spray. He was comical in his dismay as to to what one does with antler spray, and why anyone , especially professional sports stars would let the product near their body.

Mark O’Meara, who commented from The Dubai Desert Classic, said that he and Singh are good friends, but the incident needs to be dealt with, and he should be suspended for the infraction. The 56-year-old O’Meara indicated the PGA needs to step in and do the right thing. He said he wishes Singh and his family the best, but it’s time for him to go.

If Singh is not suspended for the Phoenix Open, I have a feeling the fans are going to make him pay the price. The Waste Management Phoenix Open has a raucous fan base that resembles a European Soccer Match, and some have said it is a giant party where a golf tournament gets played. I know I would not want to be Singh when he reaches the infamous 16th hole on Thursday afternoon.

I absolutely hate this subject, but if he cheated, like Mark McGuire, Sammy Sos, and Roger Clemens, needs to go. It puts a question mark on everything he has done, and has the possibility of ruining his legacy. It brings into question, his 34 PGA Tour victories, and his three major championships.

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