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Performance enhancers a non-issue at Quail Hollow

Posted May 1, 2013

— Disgraceful. That's how golf guru Greg Norman described the game's anti-doping procedures. The PGA Tour currently does not blood test for performance enhancers, only urine tests. The commissioner Tim Finchem says even the former is unreliable.

"That's the problem with the test, is you're going to give a test and based on the results of the test you're going to take somebody out of the sport. So it has to be reliable. That test is not available today," Finchem said.

The current code puts the responsibility on the players shoulders first. Something Duke product Kevin Streelman says he and other players are well aware of.

"We're all very, I'd say, vigilant about if we take a new medicine and you get sick, you go through the hand book and you check to see if the medicine you get is in there. If it is you go back to your doctor and you try and find one that isn't," said Streelman.

Charlotte native and Wake Forest graduate Bill Haas believes Norman's concerns aren't nearly as widespread on the current tour.

"I think what Greg was saying is that we need to prove that we are a clean sport, a very honest sport and that's part of the game, the integrity of the game," said Haas.

To the players the knee jerk reaction that accompanies allegation of poor policy maybe an overreaction. 

"It is what it is," said Streelman. "It is a story but it's not really an issue out here, pretty much a non-issue on tour."

"Overall my opinion is that there isn't anybody out here that would get in trouble with a blood test," said Haas.

The player at the forefront of Norman's comments no longer has a tee time Thursday. One day after being cleared of violating tour policy by using deer antler spray, Vijay Singh withdrew from the Quail Hollow Championship citing a sore back.

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  • Sauras69 May 2, 2:12 p.m.

    I would like to see some blood testing in the near future. They are not all clean, IMO. If golf is clean, it may be only sport out there that is. I just don't believe it.

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