Woods: 'First I've heard' of PGA Tour anti-doping exception allegations

Woods: ‘Never’ heard of PGA Tour anti-doping exception allegations



Tiger Woods said Wednesday in Turkey he had not yet heard of allegations made in court by a lawyer for Vijay Singh that the PGA Tour has given preferential treatment to certain players in the administration of its Anti-Doping Program.

"I've never heard of it until you just said that," Woods said at a news conference ahead of the Turkish Airlines Open in response to a question gauging his response to the allegation made by Peter Ginsberg in New York Supreme Court.

In an Oct. 24 hearing related to Vijay Singh's lawsuit filed in May against the PGA Tour for their handling of his admission of using deer-antler spray last January, attorney Peter Ginsberg claimed the Tour did not treat each player the same under its program.



“[O]ne of the elements of bad faith that we are prepared to show in this case, is that the PGA (Tour) has made exception after exception after exception, both with regard to whom it was administering this drug policy, and against whom it was disciplining, violators of the drug policy,” Ginsberg said.

Woods, however, said he has been subjected to the same amount of drug testing in 2013 as any other player.

"I know that we get randomly tested throughout the year," he said. "I may have been tested five times this year. That's usually about the number for most guys. But that's all I've heard about it until you just mentioned it."

Woods said without more facts, which Ginsberg did not provide in the court hearing after making his allegation, he could not react.



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