Norman reinforces call for blood testing in all sports

By Will GrayMay 1, 2013, 1:03 pm

After comments he made this weekend about the state of the PGA Tour's anti-doping efforts gained attention, Greg Norman appeared on 'Morning Drive' Wednesday to reiterate a call for blood testing – in all sports, not just golf.

'To me, you have to find the best possible and most scientifically infallible testing to get this,' explained Norman. 'And blood testing is really it.'

Norman's comments Wednesday came one day after the PGA Tour dropped its anti-doping case against Vijay Singh in light of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) revising the status of the substance in question, IGF-1. 

Norman added that the source of his original frustrations were not just with what he saw in golf, but also with the testing policies of several sports in his homeland of Australia. He continued to champion the use of the 'Athlete Biological Passport' program, a comprehensive anti-doping product that uses both blood and urine analysis to build an individual, electronic record for each athlete.

'This is a great step by WADA to protect athletes around the world, to make sure clean athletes can show they're clean,' Norman said of the ABP. 'The ones who want to step on the other side of the line and try to tempt fate will be exposed.'

Currently the PGA Tour uses only urine analysis to test for performance-enhancing drugs, and though WADA still considers the use of deer-antler spray prohibited if a positive test results, there is no current test available for IGF-1, even in routine blood testing. The perceived ambiguity over the case that has resulted from the Tour's decision and reasoning did not sit well with the two-time major champion.

'It bothers me big time. If you have this fuzzy gray line sitting out there, you just sent a message to all the players,' he noted. 'There's millions and millions of dollars to be played for out there in our sport, and everybody's trying to get an advantage over somebody else.'

The former world No. 1 also drew a parallel between Singh's situation and a related issue seen on Tour during Norman's era.

'It's like beta blockers 20 years ago, when everybody thought they could calm their nerves down by taking beta blockers to get through a very nervous round of golf on a Sunday,' he added. 'It's no different; it's an outside agency that increases your chance of performing and taking advantage over other players.'

As Norman was sharing his comments, news broke that Singh had withdrawn from this week's event; the Aussie was quick to share his thoughts on the latest turn in one of the game's biggest stories.

'I think there's a lot of pressure on his shoulders right now,' he said of Singh. 'He probably couldn't focus on what he needed to focus on, being at Quail Hollow.'

Singh cited a back injury as the reason for his withdrawal.

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.