Nearly three full months after it was revealed that Vijay Singh had used deer-antler spray, which contains IGF-1, a banned substance under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy, there is still no news regarding any sort of punishment.
When asked Monday about whether a decision has been reached regarding Singh’s situation, Tour executive vice president of communications Ty Votaw simply said, “No.” When asked if there was a timeframe for such a decision, he similarly responded in the negative.
On Jan. 30, Singh admitted in a Sports Illustrated article that he had used the spray, though he maintained that he didn’t have any knowledge it contained a banned substance.
He issued a statement that week: “While I have used deer-antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy. In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position. I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am cooperating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further at this time.”
Since then, the World Golf Hall of Fame member has not commented any further. Nor has the Tour, not since Feb. 24, when commissioner Tim Finchem stated, “It's been well reported about what he did. But we've got some steps and when we get done with it, we'll have it out fully in public, fully transparent. Any action taken will be fully disclosed.”
Singh is not in the field at this week’s Zurich Classic. He missed the cut at last week’s RBC Heritage.