Professional golfer Dan Olsen, who last played a PGA Tour event at the 2011 PGA Championship, told 730AM The Game in Lansing, Mich., on Friday that Tiger Woods has been suspended for a month by the PGA Tour.
“I heard he’s on a month’s suspension … it’s kind of a strong witness,” said Olsen. “It’s a credible person who is telling me this.”
“It’s not testosterone, but it’s something else,” Olsen added. “I think when it’s all said and done, he’s gonna surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy.”
On Feb. 11, Woods announced that he was taking a break to deal with the issues in his game after withdrawing during the first round last month of the Farmers Insurance Open.
“These claims are absolutely, unequivocally and completely false,” said Woods’ agent, Mark Steinberg, in a statement. “They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”
The PGA Tour responded to the claims.
“There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We categorically deny these allegations,” said Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the PGA Tour.
If Woods failed a test for performance drugs, the PGA Tour is required to announce a suspension. But if he failed a test for some sort of recreational substance, the tour’s policy is not to disclose any penalties.
On Monday, Olsen told ESPN.com’s Michael Collins that “it was only my opinion.”
“Everything I said on that radio interview was only my opinion and not based on any first-hand knowledge or facts,” Olsen told ESPN. “I want to make a full retraction to everything I said for the entire radio interview, and I apologize to Tiger, Nike, Phil [Mickelson], [commissioner] Tim Finchem and the PGA Tour.”
“I’ll be looked at as just some crazy f*** nobody making accusations about Tiger,” Olsen added.
Olsen also accused Woods of using a “cheater ball,” referring to the Nike golf ball he plays. You can hear the full interview in the video below.
Nike also issued a statement Monday denying Olsen’s claims.
“Every ball Tiger has put in competitive play from Nike has been thoroughly tested and approved by the USGA and R&A in accordance with their governing rules,” the company said.