PGA clear Vijay Singh to play after deer antler spray saga

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The PGA Tour has confirmed that it will not be banning Vijay Singh despite his admission to having used deer antler spray.

50-year-old Singh was initially issued with a sanction following the revelations in January, but the 50-year-old appealed and the case has since been dropped.

A statement from the PGA Tour read: “During the appeal process, PGA Tour counsel contacted World Anti-Doping Agency [WADA] to confirm a number of technical points.”

Fijian Singh has continued playing this season despite the ongoing saga, and was cleared of any wrongdoing because the status of deer antler spray had been changed by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

He was told by the PGA: “In relation to your pending IGF-1 matter, it is the position of WADA, in applying the Prohibited List, that the use of ‘deer antler spray’ is not considered prohibited.

“Based on this new information, and given WADA’s lead role in interpreting the Prohibited List, the Tour deemed it only fair to no longer treat Mr. Singh’s use of deer antler spray as a violation of the Tour’s anti-doping program.”

Three-times major winner Singh admitted to using the substance, but emphasised he was unaware that it contravened golf’s anti-doping rules.

He was quoted in Sports Illustrated as saying he used the substance “every couple of hours, every day.”

The professional of 31 years – who has racked up 34 wins on the PGA Tour – was not available for comment. His last Major victory came at the PGA Championship in 2004, but the Fijian has also won the Masters and finished tied-second at The Open in his career to date.

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