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.