Letters to the Editor

Have steroids, HGH tainted golf?

With golf becoming more and more a game predicated on monumental power, it also increases the likelihood of PGA and LPGA professionals being trapped in the clutches of intentionally breaking the rules by using illicit steroids to develop more strength to hit the ball longer and also by using human growth hormones to gain quicker recovery time from injuries.

With today's sophisticated technological advances, especially viewing players in high-definition flat-screen television, it enables viewers not only to be able to spot a small spike or ball mark on a green but also to see that shots are now being hit by players with thicker, bigger, stronger and more chiseled bodies than ever before. This observation has been especially noticeable of LPGA players whose body types of the past resembled hoe-handles; now they resemble NFL guards.

But still, time and time again, when questioned, elite PGA and LPGA named players have been very vocal in proclaiming that to their knowledge no player(s) have or are currently using illegal "roids" because in their view they wouldn't help to enhance performance in anyway. What? Come on, how naive can you be? I've got just three words for you purists: Open your eyes.

I never imagined I'd ever write these words. But just maybe we Pollyanna golf purists with our continuous rhetoric about how our game has prevailed for centuries without irreparable tarnish, and that it's so honorable players would never, ever cheat the game for personal gain is all wrong.

Without a doubt, there is an overdue urgency for the games governing bodies of both tours to conduct vigorous on-site drug testing at every tournament site to deter violators, and to thereby prevent a vile drug scandal in a game that evokes zero tolerance for anyone cheating-the most toxic of all words in golf.

The question is: Are they being used more by players, fans and the games governing bodies expect? The jury is still out on the answer.

The writer lives in Myrtle Beach.

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