tiger drug test tally counters singh claim
Tiger Woods has revealed that he has been drug-tested five times this season as Vijay Singh's lawyers accused the PGA Tour of showing preferential treatment in their anti-doping controls and of covering up offences, WRITES JAMIE CORRIGAN.
The world No 1 was speaking on the eve of the Turkish Airlines Open, in which he is being paid $2.8m to appear. Woods claimed to know nothing about the incendiary accusations made by the Fijian's legal team recently.
"We get regularly tested, randomly, throughout the year," Woods said. "I have been tested like five times this year. That's usually about the number for most guys."
US officials will be relieved to hear his comments after Peter Ginsberg threatened in a lawsuit to expose what Singh clearly believes is golf's dirty secret. Singh is suing the Tour for the way it handled his admission of using deer-antler spray last January, which contains IGF-1, a banned substance. The Tour is still trying to have the lawsuit dismissed.
Those who doubt golf's anti-doping policy were given further ammunition yesterday by Justin Rose. "I have never been tested on the European Tour," Rose said. "I have been tested on the PGA Tour many times. I would say four times a year would be average."
David Garland, the European Tour's director of operations, declined to comment on how many of his Tour's events have drug tests. (© Daily Telegraph, London)