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Singh cleared after using deer antler spray; withdraws from Wells Fargo

The PGA Tour has cleared Vijay Singh of a doping violation that involved deer antler spray. But Singh withdrew from the Wells Fargo Championship early Wednesday.

Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made the announcement Tuesday at the Quail Hollow Club, where Singh is playing in this week’s Wells Fargo Championship.

Singh, the event’s 2005 champion, admitted to using a deer antler spray supplement in a story in Sports Illustrated in January. His admission was enough for the Tour to hit Singh with an undisclosed sanction on Feb. 19, which Singh followed with an appeal seven days later.

During Singh’s appeal, the World Anti-Doping Agency ruled that the use of deer antler spray – which has a growth hormone called IGF-1 that is on the Tour’s list of banned substances – would no longer be prohibited unless a positive test results.

“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.

Singh wasn’t available for comment. He did not immediately offer a reason for withdrawing from the tournament.

Notes

•  Monday was a good day for two Charlotte golfers who made the Wells Fargo Championship field at the Carolinas PGA qualifier at Carolina Golf Club. Charlotte’s Joey McLister and Jack Fields were among the four golfers who qualified for the tournament, which begins Thursday at Quail Hollow Club.

McLister, who tied for first at the qualifier with Nate Smith, nearly qualified last week at New Orleans, but lost by one stroke to Lee Janzen, who birdied the last hole. McLister, who played collegiately at Delaware, has lived in Charlotte since 2010. He has one other PGA Tour start, the 2012 Zurich Classic in New Orleans.

Fields, the leading money winner on the Charlotte-based eGolf Tour this season, made the field with a birdie on the second playoff hole. He’s a former North Carolina golfer who once worked at Quail Hollow. He won the 2011 North & South Amateur, the 2011 Carolinas Open, the 2009 Carolinas Amateur and the 2008 North Carolina Amateur. The Wells Fargo will be his first PGA Tour event.

•  It didn’t take long for Angel Cabrera to recover from his playoff loss in the Masters to Adam Scott. Cabrera returned to his native Argentina the week after and won the Abierto del Centro, a tournament on the PGA’s Latin American Tour. This time, Cabrera was involved in another playoff and this time he won, beating Rafael Gomez. Cabrera forced the playoff with an eagle on the 72nd hole.

“It was very hard,” said Cabrera. “I was tired and the course was difficult and it showed the first three rounds. I finally got the round on Sunday where I played very well.”

•  The Wells Fargo’s pro-am is set for Wednesday beginning at 7:30 a.m., with Denver Broncos coach John Fox and Clemson football coach Dabo Swinney among the participants.

Pro-am tee times

Wednesday

Morning

First tee

7:30: Bubba Watson

7:39: Webb Simpson

7:48: Charles Howell III

7:57: Rory McIlroy

8:06: Sergio Garcia

8:15: Sean O’Hair

8:24: Kyle Stanley

8:33: Johnson Wagner

8:42: John Senden

8:51: Ian Poulter

9:00: Dicky Pride

9:09: Nick Watney

9:18: Vijay Singh

10th tee

7:30: Hunter Mahan

7:39: Robert Garrigus

7:48: Geoff Ogilvy

7:57: Ryan Moore

8:06: Ben Curtis

8:15: Kevin Streelman

8:24: Bill Haas

8:33: Martin Laird

8:42: Bud Cauley

8:51: Lucas Glover

9:00: Brendon de Jonge

9:09: Bo Van Pelt

9:18: Tom Gillis

Afternoon

First tee

12:15: Rickie Fowler

12:24: Phil Mickelson

12:33: Trevor Immelman

12:42: John Huh

12:51: Ben Crane

1:00: Angel Cabrera

1:09: Seung-Yul Noh

1:18: Scott Stallings

1:27: Martin Kaymer

1:36: Kevin Stadler

1:45: D.A. Points

1:54: Ted Potter Jr.

2:03: Brian Davis

10th tee

12:15: Zach Johnson

12:24: Lee Westwood

12:33: Boo Weekley

12:42: Jonas Blixt

12:51: Jimmy Walker

1:00: J.J. Henry

1:09: Jonathan Byrd

1:18: Padraig Harrington

1:27: Nicolas Colsaerts

1:36: Tommy Gainey

1:45: Ken Duke

1:54: John Rollins

2:03: Charlie Beljan

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