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Three-time Major Champ cleared of doping

Three-time major champion Vijay Singh will not be punished for using a banned substance the PGA Tour announced today.

The World Anti-Doping Agency have confirmed that although the deer-antler spray used by Singh did contain the banned substance IGF-1, the small amounts were not enough to have it placed on the Prohibiting List.

"The bottom line is that given the change by WADA, we are dropping the case against Mr. Singh," PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem said Tuesday.

WADA released a statement to the PGA Tour which read: "In relation to your pending IGF-1 matter, it is the position of WADA, in applying the Prohibiting List, that the use of 'deer antler spray' (which is known to contain small amounts of IGF-1) is not considered prohibited."

Singh had originally purchased the product from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids for $9,000 (£5,700) along with other products.

'While I have used deer-antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy,'' Singh has said at the beginning of the year.

''In fact, when I first received the product, I reviewed the list of ingredients and did not see any prohibited substances. I am absolutely shocked that deer-antler spray may contain a banned substance and am angry that I have put myself in this position."

The PGA Tour initially imposed a sanction on the 50-year-old, but they have since confirmed that is to be lifted.

"Based on this new information, and given WADA's lead role in interpreting the prohibited list, the tour deemed it only fair to no longer treat Mr. Singh's use of deer antler spray as a violation of the tour's anti-doping program," Finchem said.

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