Tim Finchem, Vijay Singh to meet
Vijay Singh will meet with PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem on Wednesday to discuss the Hall of Famer's admission last week that he unknowingly used a banned substance, according to a broadcast report.
The Golf Channel reported Tuesday night about the expected meeting. Singh, who will turn 50 later this month, is on the Monterey Peninsula in anticipation of playing in this week's AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.
When approached Tuesday at Pebble Beach by a reporter seeking comment, Singh declined to answer.
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The three-time major winner withdrew from the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Thursday, citing back problems. A day before his WD, Singh released a statement confirming he used a deer-antler spray that is said to have an insulin-like growth factor.
Singh's use of the spray, which is on the PGA Tour's list of prohibited substances, was first reported by Sports Illustrated. The magazine said Singh paid $9,000 to Sports With Alternatives to Steroids in November for products that included the deer-antler spray. He said he used the spray "every couple of hours ... every day."
"I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position," Singh said in the statement. "I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am cooperating fully with their review of this matter."
Singh's admission alone constitutes an anti-doping violation. The first violation is up to a one-year suspension.
The tour has a minimum requirement in its guidelines to publish the name of the player, his anti-doping violation and the sanction. Any player found to have violated the anti-doping policy has seven days to appeal. The appeals process, which is made through the commissioner's office, can take up to 45 days.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.