Doping… In Golf?

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/09/sports/golf/vijay-singh-sues-pga-tour-over-doping-case.html?_r=0

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3 Responses to Doping… In Golf?

  1. mloschiavo7 says:

    There are many ways of testing for performance enhancing drugs other than blood testing. Doping can be tested through urine, hair, blood, sweat, saliva and muscle biopsy. You can also visually tell if people are using performance enhancing drugs, not the average person, but people knowledgable within sports and drugs can. A few examples being: body structure, physique make-up, muscle density and hardness, muscle separation and vascularity. There are also many performance enhancing drugs that are untestable in a blood test as well as other tests. The technology used today for doping is by far the most enhanced. The type of drugs that athletes are using today are also by far the most enhanced and powerful than ever before. People would be naive to think that olympic athletes along with professional athletes are not using performance enhancing drugs. Because the matter of the fact is that they do, and people don’t seem to realize is that the records that these athletes break is impossible without the help of PED’s. The human body, especially a genetically gifted human, cannot perform at such a high level naturally.

  2. bc10et says:

    i agree a new policy for doping should come into play in the PGA, but you also have to realize technology has advanced leaps and bounds in golf in the best decade not to mention, how Tiger revolutioned the game showing golfers how hitting the gym can increase their game. each year theres a new driver thats lighter, made from stronger new materials, etc. this alone can easily account for the greater distances we see in players tee shots. as well, golfers train completely different than 10 years ago. 10 years ago Tiger was the only golfer to workout at a gym. Once they realized the impact physic can have on your game, the new generation as well as many of the existing golfers changed their training habits. together these can easily be seen as to why golfers can hit farther. PED use is possible don’t get me wrong, I just don’t think its a problem like baseball, cycling, or track where every other athlete is using.

  3. Doping in sport has become a huge topic over the last 10 years, but I cannot believe it’s spreading to another sport being Golf. There are always going to be athletes in any sports that are trying to find a way to get ahead, and cheat. Golf is one of the newest sports to have to deal with doping, but some of it’s athletes feel that a little more strength to muscle balls out of the rough are helping their game, so this is why they dope. Just like sports, such as Major League Baseball (MLB) the Professional Golf Tour (PGA) is going to have to come up with significant, and severe consequences that will ensure their golf athletes will stop doping.

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