As Tiger Woods Continues His “Sabbatical,” Golf Fans Ask Each Other “When Do You Think Tiger Started Using PEDs?”

It seems most golf fans no longer wonder if Tiger Woods used PEDs; at this point, they assume he did.  Remember, as far back as 2010, 24 percent of Tour pros thought Woods used.

I’ve written about how the golf media seems to be preparing the public for a revelation about Woods and PEDs.  The latest example of this comes from David Feherty who makes a joke about steroids and golf, saying sarcastically:

Steroids gives you smaller balls and a worse temper — that’s going to help you play golf!

Feherty seems to be laying the groundwork for a narrative such as: “Sure, Woods used PEDs, but they hurt him, they didn’t help him.”  Uh, huh.  Right.  Lance Armstrong should try that line.

The relevent question now seems to be, “When do you think Woods started using?”

Here’s a snippet from an important New York Daily News article, “Keith Kleven, who helped Tiger Woods turn from golf geek to buffed athlete, goes quiet“:

Kleven’s silence has done little to stop the speculation about the dramatic changes in Woods’ body beginning around 2004, the same year other Kleven clients began noticing Woods’ regular appearances in the Kleven Institute, and peaking around 2006 or 2007.

There’s a good guess for you: 2004.

I urge everyone to read and re-read the article.  As you do so, remind yourself that every member of the golf media would have read this at some point — then made the conscious decision to look the other way.

Oh, by the way, here’s the photo alluded to in the article.  (I found it here.)


About Kleven, from another New York Daily News article:

It also came to light that Woods had been treated by Las Vegas trainer Keith Kleven, who worked with Victor Conte and the BALCO crew a few years ago.

BALCO?  So Woods has reported links to BALCO, Galea, and Biogenesis.  The Triple Crown of PED scandals.

Remember, golf writers:  Woods is on a self-imposed sabbatical.  Dustin Johnson was on a “self-imposed” (wink, wink) sabbatical.

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3 Responses to As Tiger Woods Continues His “Sabbatical,” Golf Fans Ask Each Other “When Do You Think Tiger Started Using PEDs?”

  1. lannyh says:

    Here’s some analysis which might show you why I don’t consider Woods to be the sui generis uber golfer the golf media has been claiming for a decade-and-a-half.

    Consider: Woods was having a nice career, a great career. He won two majors in his first three years on tour. Then the next year he won three majors. However, he won those three majors playing a super golf ball no other player used until the next year. He then won three majors in the next two years. Five majors in his first five years (tossing out the year when he had the special ball no other player was using). That is darn good. That’s great, is what it is. Then Woods went through two major-less years. As the dry spell continued, Woods starting going to Kleven’s clinic. And Kleven was a former BALCO employee. So, if Woods started using PEDs in 2004, it would mean his final six majors were PED-aided. So, if you add it up, according to the links in this article, along with what Nobilo told us earlier this year about the golf ball Woods used in 2000, it would be something like:

    Legit Majors: 5
    Super Ball Majors: 3
    PED Majors: 6

    Looking at this holistically, you can easily come up with an answer for why Woods would turn to PEDs. The wins didn’t come near as easily as the golf media would have had you think. Woods was playing great, but nowhere near as great as the media was proclaiming. Woods probably felt like he had won five majors in 7 years, because he well knew what an advantage the Rock Ishii-engineered golf balls gave him in 2000. As he accepted the accolades for his dominating wins at the US and British Opens, he knew in his heart that there was more to the story. So when everyone started using the new distance balls, he eventually found himself in a streak of 10 majors where he had no wins, only two top fives, and only one other top ten. He was looking like a very average golfer. (Well, average for the PGA Tour…) The year? 2004. That was the year he decided to go see Keith Kleven, and in hindsight his motivation for doing do is pretty clear. To win more majors.

    This isn’t rocket science. It is odd, isn’t it, that none of the guys in the golf media, pulling down handsome salaries with great benefits and expense accounts, ever got around to discussing this.

  2. Norris says:

    At the Golf Channel, Rosaforte is reporting that Tiger shot a Worst Two Ball 66 at Medalist. They don’t say who the source was. Isn’t it interesting how they will report this, yet they won’t touch the PED stories. Has anyone ever heard of a Worst Ball score that low?

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