It is well documented that the last number of decades in sport have been severely tarnished with names bringing in unfair advantages to their respective fields in the form of performance enhancing drugs. Records have been broken then taken away, medals have been stripped, even the coveted Heisman has been given to the second place winner. All of these happening within the large sports of North America; football, basketball, baseball, etc.
But what about that little game called golf? That game that originated in Scotland centuries ago. That game where pride and honour were the main two ingredients for a ‘professional’ to be grandfathered into a high class society. That game has since turned to a dark side, and the ugly nature of sport has popped it’s little head around each corner of the clubhouse and pro shop. What the hell happened?
Cue Vijay Singh.
This past season, controversy was sparked over his confirmed use of deer antler spray, which allegedly can improve various parts of your athletic ability. A fellow golfer, Mark Calcavecchia, boasted about it’s performance on his game but was not eligible for sanctioning due to his status on the Champions Tour (the Senior PGA). But for Vijay, his membership on the PGA Tour was eligible for investigation, which lead to disciplinary action.
But what got me thinking was if this is the start, what is to come? It’s evident that the game has changed. Guys are getting longer off the tee, courses are getting longer, competition is getting better. What’s to say that there aren’t other guys out there trying to keep up with the masses, but simply can’t due to the fact that they just aren’t good enough. The ugly truth? The PGA Tour’s doping policy sucks. Flat out sucks. How can you call something a testing method, when there’s no blood testing involved? (Yes, that is the only way of testing for PED’s.)
Something has to give and the PGA Tour’s drug policy has to change, immediately. Who knows how many guys out there are pumping themselves with roids to bomb it 350 off the tee. Maybe there isn’t. Maybe the PGA Tour wants it that way and hope that the honour system introduced to the game generations ago still stick with the players of today. Fact is, money changes people. And when you have an $10 million payout every August for the FedEx Cup, honour might just not cut it anymore.