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O'Meara says Singh should face ban for doping

Mark O'Meara is not one to let sentimentality get in the way of justice, and says he believes his friend Vijay Singh should be suspended from the game for "a couple of months" after using a deer antler product that contained banned substances.

This is despite O'Meara's firm assertion that the Fijian would not use the products to gain an edge on other players.

"I was obviously a little bit surprised with what I heard, but I don't think Vijay is a guy that would ever take advantage of anything. I know Vijay," O'Meara told reporters yesterday

"I guess they could probably suspend him for a couple of months. I would think so," the two-time major winner said. "Listen, people have had to pay the price before and he should be no different. If that is the case and the commissioner and tour feels he should be suspended for X amount of time, I think Vijay is man enough that he'll do that."

Singh, 49, has admitted to the error, but has stated that he was completely unaware that deer-antler spray contained a banned performance-enhancer connected to human growth hormone. The Fijian had purchased the product from Sports With Alternatives To Steroids las October 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 said in the statement.

''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. I have been in contact with the PGA Tour and am cooperating fully with their review of this matter. I will not be commenting further at this time.''

Tour spokesman Ty Votaw said it was ''looking into the matter.''

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