On the PGA Tour, deer antler spray is no laughing matter. Other tours, though, are having a little fun with the notion of an unusual performance enhancer.
Every champion on the minor-league NGA Pro Golf Tour this year will be asked to sign a set of deer antlers that will remain on the circuit’s operations truck and travel week to week to each tournament. In past years, winners have been asked to sign flags or coolers, but officials said the deer antlers seemed timely, appropriate and humorous in the wake of an ongoing PGA Tour scandal.
Last month, Vijay Singh admitted to using the spray, which contains IGF-1, a substance which is banned by the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy.
While the NGA Pro Golf Tour doesn’t implement drug testing, it does honor the PGA Tour’s policy and wouldn’t allow any suspended players to compete in its tournaments.
Jon Curran, a former high school teammate of Keegan Bradley, won the NGA’s first event of the 2013 season. And yes, he signed the deer antlers.