10 May 2013

Singh sues PGA Tour

11:33 am on 10 May 2013

The former world golf number one Vijay Singh has taken legal action against the PGA Tour a week after tour officials dropped a doping case against him.

Singh was initially found by the PGA Tour to have breached the sport's doping rules by telling Spoets Illustrated magazine he'd used a deer antler spray, which contains small extracts of a banned growth hormone, to treat an injury, though he was later cleared of any wrongdoing after winning an appeal.

He was cleared last week when the World Anti-Doping Agency informed the PGA Tour the use of deer antler spray was not prohibited unless a positive drug test had resulted.

Singh has filed a lawsuit in the New York State Supreme Court, claiming the PGA Tour had damaged his reputation.

The 50-year-old Fijian's lawyers say the PGA Tour violated its duty of care by suspending the golfer without properly investigating the case.