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Saturday
Feb092013

Expect Vijay To Be Exondeerated By Late April, Early May

Alex Miceli lays out the timing and various avenues of the appeal process for Vijay Singh after he admitted to a doping policy violation in a Sports Illustrated story.

Shockingly, Singh has several ways out of this even though the ban on the substance in question was well publicized, regardless of whether it contains IGF-1 or not.

One of Singh's defenses might include an invocation of Commissioner Tim Finchem's words. I never quite imagined the Commish and his resistance to drug testing could be used against him this way...

5) Singh could use the commissioner's own words, that no drug benefits golfers. At a news conference on July 1, 2009, at the AT&T National, Finchem talked about potential drug use in golf.

"In some sports, cycling, clearly there are drugs that can help you win," Finchem said. "You can gain a real competitive advantage. I don't think that's true in golf, either, but it's not really relevant. What's relevant is, there's a rule, players play by the rules, they believe in that, and in a way it's helped us reaffirm that culture. So maybe that's good.”

Perhaps this (and other statements like it by Finchem until Tiger announced his desire to see testing) explains the tour's seemingly slow and nurturing response to Vijay's situation, words that would never be used to describe the Doug Barron situation. In a wide-ranging column on the topic, John Huggan quotes a European Tour source suggesting doping policy abuse on the European Tour, but more importantly he lays out this picture of the PGA Tour's handing of the Barron and Singh situations.

Back in June 2008, wee Timmy could hardly wait to punish journeyman Doug Barron, who tested positive for beta-blockers at the Memphis Classic. What wasn’t made clear at the time was that Barron had been prescribed said medication by his doctor as part of treatment for low testosterone and had duly informed the tour of that fact. Initially banned for a year, Barron was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, forcing the Tour into a humiliating climbdown.

Contrast that draconian and unfeeling attitude with the treatment of Singh. This past week the resident of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – also the home to the PGA Tour – competed in the AT&A Pro-am, only days after openly admitting his prolonged use of a banned substance, one not prescribed by his doctor as treatment for any medical condition. Clearly, in Finchem’s world, there are rules for relative unknowns like Barron and rules for three-times major champions who are members of the World Golf Hall of Fame. At the very least, Singh should have taken a leave of absence from competitive golf until this matter was sorted out.

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If you have a comment/opinion in this thread, please preface it with a simple YES. or NO.

YES = I have read the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Manual cover-to-cover.

NO = I have not even opened page 1 of the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Manual.

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PS...YES, I have read the PGA Tour A.D.M. cover to cover, 2011 and 2013, and any comments I may make on the issue are with the knowledge of any and all information contained in said manual.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
somewhere along the line, and golf is not unique, the office of commissioner went from one of enforcement to one of marketing. until that is corrected it is foolish to expect any sport ot climb back on the integrity wagon.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterNospin
Geoff I'm almost certain deer antler spray is not banned by the PGA tour, only IGF-1 us. The green sheet Nemo was to warn players that deer tanker spray contained a banned product (the IGF-1)
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterElf
As Booby D. and others have pointed out, the media's coverage is barely over reprinting press releases. Where is this fables ''green sheet, and why hsn't a ''reporter'' gotten hsi or her hands on one to show us what the PGAT at ths point, alledgedly said on it?

I have been one to see VJ do time for blatently breaking a written rule, specifically banning this product-- but now I am not so sure.

Like a frined of mine said as we Astro Fans, all 12 of us who are left, where was the fan representative to argue for the Astros staying in the NL, and not have to start playing that ''DL'' ''bs''...oh yea, the league has a rep, the players have a rep, but the paying fans have jack--- and so it seems with golf, only with golf, even the players don't have that good a representation. These ''independent .contractors'' have contracted themselves a dicktator (sic). Heck, let VJ play-- let Barron eat doodoo, who cares.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Exonderated? ... now that sounds really painful!
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPeter Norrie
Exondeerated....exondoerared....exonerated....in this case, it's all the same.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
Vijay shot 66 yesterday at Spyglass, which I believe was low round of the week at that tough golf course Kudos to him for playing well despite all the trash being written about him.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
There is no drug that can help a golfer?
If there was ever a need for a Mulligan this will be it.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterWendell42
There are golf PEDs, but I don't want to reveal this info at this time.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLudell Hogwaller
Bobby D. soory, dude.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
For a game based on integrity and one that touts itself above other sports, if nothing is done about Vijay, it will be an embarrassment for golf and especially for the PGA Tour.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOPGolfer
"if nothing is done about Vijay, it will be an embarrassment for golf and especially for the PGA Tour. "

The embarrassing part of this debacle is the shoddy coverage.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
This would be the sensible and appropriate outcome.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Does anybody appreciate the irony involving VJ with the deer antler spray that a guy in the ATT Pro-Am that was paired with Andres Gonzales has a last name of Mule Deer (Gary Mule Deer - comedian/musician)?
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterOWGR Fan
I have not read about this issue very closely or followed it in detail.
It would be nice to know what are the actions of the deer antler spray contents?
Are any of its components absorbed when sprayed on the skin or the oral mucosa?
(I was under the impression that IGF-1 is not effective unless injected.)
If it was sprayed on the skin and not absorbed systemically would it have any performance enhancing characteristics?
These questions notwithstanding I recall that Barry Bonds allegedly took some substances called the Cream and the Clear which were applied by rubbing on the skin.
02.10.2013 | Unregistered Commentergov. lepetomane
gov, the answers to your 3 questions in order are...

None

No

No
02.10.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Huggy what's with the "wee Timmy" ? How about a bit of respect for the man ?
02.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJock S Trap
Wee Timmy has a propensity for creating all kinds of variations and options in dealing with independent contractors as it best suits his needs. Wee Timmy has always put himself first.
02.11.2013 | Unregistered CommenterMule Breath
"In some sports, cycling, clearly there are drugs that can help you win," Finchem said. "You can gain a real competitive advantage. I don't think that's true in golf, either, but it's not really relevant.

Finchem either stupid or a liar. And I know he isn't stupid.

The performance benefits from Beta Blockers, athletic improvement with the help of HGH or other performance drugs all can help.
02.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenternon profit winner
The Finchem quote, as I posted it looks a little out of context.

He mentioned it was not relevant because there is a rule against them, regardless of benefits.

He's still clueless.
02.11.2013 | Unregistered Commenternon profit winner

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