Tiger Woods' ties to controversial doctor Anthony Galea have been known for years, but a new book claims that the relationship between the two may have been more extensive than previously thought.
A Golf Digest report cites an excerpt from a recently-released book that claims Woods paid Galea $76,012 to make 14 visits to his home between January and August 2009. The book, entitled "Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to End Baseball's Steroid Era" focuses on Rodriguez, the former superstar who had ties to Galea and who was suspended by Major League Baseball in 2013 for his role in a scandal surrounding performance-enhancing drugs.
The report also indicates that Woods paid $118,979 for 49 visits between September 2008 and October 2009 from Dr. Mark Lindsay, an associate of Galea's.
Woods has previously acknowledged receiving treatment from Galea, explaining in 2010 that the Canadian doctor visited him at his Florida home following ACL surgery in 2008, but maintained that he did not receive performance-enhancing drugs. In 2011, an attorney for Galea reiterated that Woods did not receive any illegal drugs while he was a patient of Galea's.
Galea has previously been under FBI investigation for allegedly providing performance-enhancing drugs to elite athletes, and in 2011 he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of bringing unapproved drugs into the United States.