Testing fine by disbelieving golfers

STEVE BUFFERY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 8:05 AM ET

Canadian golfer Mike Weir said yesterday that it would be a good idea for the PGA to start drug-testing players.

Weir was asked for his take on accusations made last week by veteran Gary Player, who said that steroid use has become part of golf and that at least one player admitted to him of using steroids. Player added that the PGA Tour should implement drug testing, a view echoed by WADA chief Dick Pound on Sunday.

"I think that's fine," Weir said at Angus Glen in Markham following yesterday's pro-am.

"I don't personally believe that anybody out here is doing that (taking performance-enhancing drugs). But I think they probably should do it (testing) just to put people's minds at ease."

Player will captain the International team at the Presidents Cup -- to be held at the Royal Montreal Golf Club from Sept. 24-30 -- and Weir has a chance to be named to that squad.

Before steroids became an issue, there was talk years ago that some players may be using Beta blockers as a means to calm their nerves when they are putting. Tour veteran Mark Calcavecchia remembers those days.

"There were a few players that might have been rumoured on Beta blockers. But I'm not going to start naming names," he said. "But I think that's more to calm guys' personalities."

As for the current controversy, Calcavecchia believes that steroids would, in the long run, do more harm than good.

"You've got to have your head on straight to play this game and taking drugs is not going to get you anywhere," he said. "I know of no one (using steroids). And all I can say is, as long as they don't ban Celebrex and Aleve, I'll be okay ... and beer. Those three pretty much numb me up good, and that's about all I need. But I've always said, if you're goofed up on something out there, you're not going to be out here very long." -- Buffery


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