Vijay Singh has played in 21 consecutive Players Championships, but that streak is in jeopardy on the eve of the Tour’s flagship event. As third alternate, Singh awaits a call from the Tour while he practices this week at nearby Sawgrass Country Club.
In something of a bombshell at a recent court hearing, Vijay Singh’s lawyer accused the PGA Tour of repeatedly exempting players from testing and punishment under its anti-doping program. But no proof has yet to be made public.
When Vijay Singh was playing in the recent Shriners Hospital for Children Open in Las Vegas, his lawyers were thousands of miles to the east, arguing in New York Supreme Court that his lawsuit against the PGA Tour should not be dismissed.
More than a week has passed since the startling revelation that Vijay Singh took a substance prohibited under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Program. Many Tour observers wonder how Singh, who has won 34 Tour events in a Hall of Fame career, could have competed last week at the AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am after such a turn of events.
Vijay Singh expressed shock and anger when it was disclosed in a Sports Illustrated article that he was taking a banned substance, according to a statement released Wednesday by Singh here at the Waste Management Phoenix Open.
For certain, his mood got a boost before coming to Akron when he played practice rounds for two days at Whistling Straits, site of his 2004 PGA Championship victory that cemented his eventual berth in the World Golf Hall of Fame.
With temperatures near 90 and humidity as thick as six-inch Bermuda rough, you didn’t see many guys hitting any more balls on the range than necessary during the third round of The Players Championship.
Vijay Singh has withdrawn from the Houston Open with a back injury. Singh played nine holes, shooting a 43 with two double bogeys, before walking off the course. He also withdrew from the Transitions Championship two weeks ago with a back injury.