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Vijay Singh, one of the hardest working players on the tour seems like he is in a bit of trouble here. He was one of the best players on tour for a long time! His performance enhancing substance use is still coming to light years later.
It was a random Tuesday when the media storm struck Vijay Singh.
“Vijay, it’s because an article that came out in Sports Illustrated, and you were interviewed and you admitted using deer antler spray,” Berlin explained.
The article, which was posted on SI.com just hours earlier, told the tale of S.W.A.T.S., a two-man company that billed itself as an alternative to steroids and sold an assortment of products from “negatively charged” water to something called Ultimate Spray, the substance Singh admitted to using “every day.”
According to the SI.com story and the S.W.A.T.S. website, the spray contained IGF-1, a growth hormone like HGH, which is banned by the Tour.
The ensuing media maelstrom and investigation has led to 2 1/2 years of contentious and often confidential litigation between the Tour and Singh, who filed a lawsuit against the Tour in New York County Supreme Court in May 2013.
That lawsuit reached a milestone last week with a flurry of filings, including a request from both Singh and the Tour to the court for summary judgment. Last week also marked the end of an intense discovery process, with over 130 filings posted to the public record last Thursday (Nov. 5) that at least partially pull back the veil on this bizarre episode.
In his deposition last December in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., Singh – who has not publicly discussed either the Tour’s investigation into his use of the Ultimate Spray or his lawsuit – said it was his caddie, Tony Shepherd, who suggested he use the spray to help with knee and back injuries.
He also said that the Tour crafted his statement to the media following the release of the SI.com article, and that he was never comfortable with it.
“They made a statement and I didn’t like what was said,” Singh said in his deposition.
Jeff Rosenblum, a member of Singh’s legal team, declined to discuss the specifics of the case, and a Tour spokesman did not respond to an email requesting comment. It’s the circuit’s policy to not comment on ongoing litigation.
Some of the discovery offers a glimpse into the nuanced world of anti-doping, like an email exchange between Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president of communications, and a golf writer from the Associated Press who asked, among other things, if deer antler spray was on the Tour’s list of banned substances.
Votaw responded that, yes, deer antler spray is on the Tour’s banned substances list, when in fact it is not. The substance IGF-1, an ingredient found in the spray, is on the banned list, but not the product itself. It’s a nuanced distinction but central to Singh’s claim that the Tour was negligent in its handling of his case.
Singh applied the Ultimate Spray to his knee and back, “which was very weird,” he said, as well as in his mouth (as instructed by S.W.A.T.S. owner Mitch Ross) for about a month and a half. He also said he agreed to the SI.com interview to help promote the product.
According to court documents, Singh was notified within two weeks after the publication of the SI.com article that he had violated the Tour’s anti-doping program, which is modeled after the code used by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and considers an admission of use tantamount to a positive test.
In a letter sent the next day (Feb. 15, 2013), Singh responded to the Tour’s ruling, writing, “I did not go to Mitch’s website and simply took him at his word which was, in retrospect, a big mistake. I believe in my innocence, I hope you, the commissioner and the Tour think likewise.”
Four days later, Singh met with Tour commissioner Tim Finchem in his office at TPC Sawgrass and was informed he would be suspended for 90 days, a sanction that would be retroactive to Feb. 4.
“I asked them (Finchem and Ed Moorhouse, the Tour’s co-chief operating officer) what would have happened if I hadn’t given them the bottle [of Ultimate Spray]? They said I would have been suspended for longer.” Singh said in his deposition.
Singh turned over a bottle of the spray to Berlin the day the SI.com story was published and two separate tests found IGF-1 in the sample.
Whether the amount and the biological makeup of the IGF-1 found in the Ultimate Spray warranted a violation or provided any doping benefit has turned into a point of contention in the lawsuit, with both sides providing expert testimony.
“Any IGF-1 in the S.W.A.T.S. deer antler spray is inactive, and thus unable to have any biological effect,” wrote Dr. Michele Hutchison, a pediatric endocrinologist and scientist, in a letter dated May 8, 2015.
Hutchison added, “The PGA [Tour] could have requested Mr. Singh to provide a sample of blood to test for elevated IGF-1 levels in order to determine if he had used a banned substance. However, based on all the evidence identified above, I strongly doubt that such a test would have yielded an IGF-1 level above the normal range.”
The Tour responded with testimony from Larry Bowers, the chief science officer with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
“The amount of IGF-1 in the product or biological activity of IGF-1 are wholly irrelevant to determining whether Mr. Singh’s admitted use of the S.W.A.T.S. Ultimate Spray constituted an anti-doping violation,” Bowers said.
The lawsuit and discovery, much of which is redacted, has also focused on the timing of the Tour’s investigation.
Finchem announced at an April 30, 2013 news conference that, “WADA clarified that it no longer considers the use of deer antler spray to be prohibited unless a positive test results,” and the Tour was dropping its anti-doping case against Singh.
In that news conference, Finchem said the Tour received WADA’s notice on deer antler spray four days earlier on April 26, 2013.
But on Feb. 1, 2013, Dr. Olivier Rabin, WADA’s science director, responded to a request for clarification on deer antler spray from the chief executive of Drug Free Sport New Zealand, writing in an email, “WADA takes a very similar approach for deer antler as we do for colostrum or some other dietary supplements … Deer Antler Spray is not prohibited per se, but WADA recommends athletes be extremely vigilant with this supplement because it may contain IGF-1.”
Four days later, less than a week after the SI.com article was posted, WADA published a “clarification” regarding IGF-1 on its website. It also on its website in 2013 explained that colostrum, which like the Ultimate Spray contains trace amounts of IGF-1, “is not prohibited per se.”
It wasn’t until late April, however, that the Tour contacted WADA for clarification, some three months into the investigation into Singh’s use of the spray and ensuing appeals process.
In fact, according to testimony from Rabin, as far back as 2008 WADA ruled that colostrum contained “minute amounts of IGF-1” but was not considered a prohibited product. In February 2013, it announced a similar view of deer antler spray.
“The PGA Tour is not an experienced [anti-doping organization],” wrote Richard Ings, one of Singh’s scientific experts who was former chief executive of the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority (ASADA). “Seeking clarification from WADA was a necessary step before determining that a [anti-doping rule violation] had occurred, especially when the PGA Tour has indicated that it defers and refers to WADA on anti-doping matters.”
Singh also conceded that he did not see the Tour’s warning regarding deer antler spray and IGF-1 in a memo sent to players in April 2011, adding that it wasn’t until after the investigation began that he learned of the notification from Jason Dufner.
“[Dufner] said it was accidental how he read it,” Singh said in the deposition. “He was sitting in a can having a you-know-what and it was laying on the floor so he picked it up, and he was surprised that it was on it.
“He said if he hadn’t been in the can at that moment in time, he’d have never known that it was [on the banned list].”
Singh also claims the Tour breached its fiduciary duty to him and that he “has been damaged in [an] amount to be proven at trial,” although a recent filing in the case for a dispute resolution hearing sets that sum at $5 million.
In his deposition, Singh suggests the Tour’s investigation and initial ruling over his use of the Ultimate Spray tarnished his reputation and suggests it prompted Cleveland Golf, who had endorsed the 34-time Tour winner for 16 years, to end its relationship with him.
“There was rumors on Tour, with the manufacturers, that … because of my suspension, my credibility with the golfing world, Cleveland Golf may not extend the contract [beyond 2013],” Singh said.
Singh’s lawsuit also points to other players – most notably Mark Calcavecchia (who admitted to using the Ultimate Spray) – who were not subjected to the same investigation and initial sanctions as Singh.
“Tom Pernice was on, he was a good person to talk to because he was on the Player Advisory Board forever,” Singh said. “He mentioned a few golfers that were disciplined and was disciplined and for what reason.”
That portion of Singh’s testimony is followed by a redacted paragraph.
The next step in the case is for the court to rule on motions for summary judgment filed by both parties. The court’s determinations on those motions are not expected for several months. Meanwhile, the parties will participate in a voluntary, non-binding dispute resolution hearing with a mediator.
The next step in the lawsuit is a voluntary, non-binding dispute resolution hearing with a mediator. Both sides have filed motions for summary judgment that will be ruled on in the next few months.
If the two sides fail to reach an agreement in dispute resolution the next stop would be a jury and, according to Rosenblum, that likely wouldn’t occur until late 2016 or early 2017.
The beginning of every golf season is always exciting for new equipment, take a peek at the new Callaway Drivers here…
Callaway followed up the phenomenon that was the original Big Bertha driver with the first dominating titanium driver in the industry, the Great Big Bertha. Measuring a whopping 253cc, the Great Big Bertha of the early 90’s was an impressive club but lacked many modern technologies that truly max out performance like a flexible, high COR face or any type of adjustability.
In contrast the latest and greatest Great Big Bertha driver and fairway woods are packed with hi-tech design features aimed at maxing out distance and forgiveness for a wide range of players, including a new adjustable perimeter weighting design that allows for more shot shape customization.
To go along with the Great Big Bertha line Callaway has also come up with a new Big Bertha Alpha Double Black Diamond driver and accompanying fairway wood, both of which are aimed at more accomplished players who want lower spin rates and maximum distance.
The newest Great Big Bertha is aimed at a wide range of players looking for a driver that can be custom fit to provide an optimum combination of distance and forgiveness in a variety of weight options. Just as with the previous V Series driver the Great Big Bertha is available in a variety of weights including 295g, 305g, 315g, and 325g, allowing players to maximize their speed while also finding the right feel for their swing. To further customize fit and performance the GBB also features an adjustable perimeter weighting design with a sliding weight that can be positioned to favor varying degrees of draw, fade, or neutral shot shape. All told the technology spans approximately 18 yards of shot customization. In addition, Callaway’s Opti Fit hosel technology provides eight-way adjustability to further dial in loft and face angle.
The GBB design doesn’t just focus on custom tuning, however, as a thinner clubface and more aerodynamic head shape combine to promote faster swingspeeds and overall ballspeed while up to 300rpm less spin in comparison to the V Series helps enhance distance as well. The thin clubface, as well as a more stable, higher MOI design, provides improved performance on shots struck away from the center of the hitting area and enhanced overall forgiveness.
Standard shaft options for the new GBB include the Mitsubishi Bassara (43g), Mitsubishi KuroKage (53g), Fujikura Evolution 665 (65g), and Mitsubishi Diamana D+ (70g). A wide range of aftermarket shafts is also available at no extra charge. Standard loft options are 9, 10.5, and 13.5-degrees.
Here we go again, another top instructor fired by a top PGA professional. Where will Phil go now?
Break ups between golfers and their swing coaches can often turn ugly. Nick Faldo reportedly broke up with his longtime coach, David Leadbetter, via a fax machine, while Tiger Woods’ former swing coach Hank Haney wrote a tell-all book following their split.
But Phil Mickelson seems to be intent on doing things the right way. News broke earlier this week that Mickelson and Butch Harmon, another of Tiger’s former swing coaches who helped Phil win two of his five majors, were parting company. He confirmed the move in a statement to the media:
“I’ve learned a great deal from him in our eight years together. It’s just that at the moment I need to hear new ideas from a different perspective.”
But rather than the split itself, the way Phil handled it was more revealing about the pair’s close relationship. Golf Digest’s Tim Rosaforte reported that Mickelson flew all the way to Las Vegas — the site of Butch’s home — to talk to his former coach in person. It ended amicably, according to Rosaforte, and the two remain friends:
“He flew up on his plane last week to sit down and talk,” Harmon said when I reached him Wednesday night. “We talked for about two hours. I completely agreed that sometimes you need to hear things a different way, get a different perspective on things. He’s been frustrated the last two years. I thought it was a good idea that he would do this. He needs to hear things differently that maybe get him rejuvenated and get him back to what we all know he can be.”
“I respect him as a person and as a teacher and as a friend, and just wanted to talk to him in person about it,” Mickelson said. “It’s not something you do over the phone. He’s been good to me long before we ever started working together. That stuff is never easy, but it’s what he deserves.”
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 5, 2015
Tough break here. This happens every so often. Brutal kick off the PIN!
Dustin Johnson had one of the worst breaks of the week during the final round of the WGC-HSBC Champions on Sunday in Shanghai, and it cost him a couple of spots — and a bunch of cash — on the leaderboard.
Hitting his approach shot on the par-5 eighth hole, Johnson’s shot ricocheted off the flag — Apparently it was too accurate? — and spun off the green. To make it worse, it spun all the way off the putting surface, rolled down a hill and into the water.
“Cruel,” the commentator said afterward.
Cruel indeed. DJ dropped and made double-bogey and finished T5 at 16-under,four strokes behind winner Russell Knox.
You can watch the shot below. The crowd reaction says it all.
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) November 8, 2015
Tiger is undergoing another physical ailment here in 2015, his back again. Lets hope to see a quick recovery Read the article here:
On the heels of a trying season that saw him fail to seriously contend in major championships and miss five cuts while his world ranking plummeted, Tiger Woods announced Friday night that he underwent a second microdiscectomy surgery on his back Wednesday.
Woods first underwent this surgery in March of last year, which limited that season to only seven PGA Tour starts.
His latest announcement revealed that he won’t play any of his three scheduled tournament starts remaining this year, instead saying he is hopeful for an “early 2016” return.
“This is certainly disappointing, but I’m a fighter,” Woods said. “I’ve been told I can make a full recovery, and I have no doubt that I will.”
Woods said via his personal websitethat he had felt discomfort in his back and hip in recent weeks, including during his season-ending 10th-place result at the Wyndham Championship last month. The surgery removed a small disk fragment that was pinching a nerve.
The surgery came as a surprise, said Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg. Just last week, Woods had formally committed to play in the Frys.com Open next month. But he had a previously scheduled follow-up doctor exam at which, Steinberg said, an issue in the same area of his back was discovered.
“He committed, thinking it was going to be a regular checkup,” Steinberg told ESPN.com. “Obviously, that area where he had the microdiscectomy had to be treated again. And it leads us to where we are now.”
Steinberg would not say how soon after the appointment the surgery was performed but acknowledged, “It was a really quick turnaround. It wasn’t what he expected. … But it was a really quick turnaround. not because something had to be done right there right now; it was so he could get back to golf as soon as he can. The doctor has told us that’s a good prognosis from that standpoint.”
The announcement on Woods’ website states he “will begin intensive rehabilitation and soft tissue treatment within a week. Healing and recovery times differ for each individual based on many physiological factors, but Tiger is encouraged he can return early in 2016.”
The surgery was performed in Park City, Utah, by neurosurgeon Charles Rich, who also performed the initial microdiscectomy operation.
Woods, who holds the record for most weeks atop the world ranking at 623, is currently 283rd in those standings.
Interesting new news on some of golf’s oldest and newest rules challenges. Read here:
The R&A and USGA released the 2016 edition to the Rules of Golf on Monday with four significant changes.
While most of the attention during the current four-year update cycle has been focused on the impending ban on anchoring during a stroke (Rule 14-1b), which was announced in May 2013, the overall theme of the most recent edition is simplicity.
“We continually look at ways we can improve and clarify the Rules of Golf,” said David Rickman, the R&A’s executive director of rules and equipment standards. “The R&A and the USGA collaborate closely and we consult with our respective national and international advisory members to produce a code of rules that is relevant to all golfers around the world.”
The most significant change may have been to Rule 18-2b. A player is no longer deemed to have caused a golf ball to move after address, and rules officials will take a more nuanced look at possible violations to consider other factors, such as the amount of time taken after a golf club is grounded and the ball moves.
The rule was adjusted in 2012 to consider the possibility of wind moving a golf ball, and a one-stroke penalty will be applied only when the facts show that the player caused the ball to move.
The USGA and R&A also added a “limited” exception to Rule 6-6d and the penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard.
A player will no longer be disqualified for returning a lower score for a hole than actually taken as a result of failing to include penalty strokes that the player was not aware of when he signed his scorecard.
The best example of this is Camilo Villegas who was disqualified from the 2011 Hyundai Tournament of Champions after violating Rule 23-1 (moving a loose impediment that might influence the movement of his golf ball). The violation wasn’t discovered until after Villegas signed his scorecard.
Under the new edition, Villegas would have been assessed a two-stroke penalty for signing an incorrect scorecard but would have been allowed to continue playing in the event.
Similarly, D.A. Points was disqualified from the 2014 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am for using a training aid, a spongy green ball he uses to keep his arms “connected,” during the second round.
Under an edition to Rule 14-3, the violation for a first use of an “artificial device or equipment” will now be a two-stroke penalty. The penalty for a second breach of the rule will continue to be disqualification.
Among the litany of changes, however, next year’s ban on anchoring will continue to dominate the conversation in rule circles in the immediate future. Although most PGA Tour players have already made the transition to a non-anchored putter, like Adam Scott who arrived at this month’sPresidents Cup with a standard-length model, there are still a few holdouts – like Tim Clark – who will have to make the change after Jan. 1.
R&A and USGA officials said they anticipate some players will keep using longer putters without anchoring, and that the new rule is “intent based” and there would be no violation if the club inadvertently brushes against a player’s body.
Source: The Golf Channel
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