Judge outlines trial path for Singh's suit against Tour

Vijay Singh during the Farmers Insurance Open.
Vijay Singh during the Farmers Insurance Open. ( Associated Press )

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Vijay Singh's lawsuit against the PGA Tour is on track for trial, though the outcome – barring a settlement or dismissal – likely won't be determined before the 2016 Masters.

Judge Eileen Bransten of New York State Supreme Court issued a status conference order this week, outlining a timetable for the case, Vijay Singh v. PGA Tour, to proceed to trial.

According to Bransten’s order, all discovery, including depositions, must conclude by June 30, 2015, and all dispositive motions, the last step before a trial date is set, must occur by Sept. 30, 2015.

Singh filed suit against the Tour on May 8, alleging "public humiliation and ridicule" during the Tour's three-month investigation over his use of deer-antler spray, which contained IGF-1, which at the time was a banned substance under the Tour's Anti-Doping Program. On April 29, Singh was cleared of any anti-doping claims after the World Anti-Doping Agency determined that use of the substance no longer violates the drug program.

Singh, 51, has won 34 times on the PGA Tour, including three major championships, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Here are some previous headlines regarding Singh's suit against the Tour: