CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — Retief Goosen has slammed his countryman Gary Player for claiming that he knows at least 10 professional golfers who are using performance-enhancing drugs. Player made the controversial claim during a press conference at the Open on Wednesday.
“I’m actually very shocked at his comments. I don’t know what Gary was trying to prove. I don’t know if he is trying to damage the sport,” Goosen said after his opening round of 70. “He mustn’t come and say ‘I know of 10 guys taking drugs’ and he can’t say what it is. He might as well not have said anything.”
Player, a nine-time major winner, says one player admitted to him that he uses steroids and he knows of numerous others who do, too. “Whether it’s HGH, whether it’s Creatine or whether it’s steroids, I know for a fact that some golfers are doing it,” he said. The South African legend refused to say who had made the confession.
“If he wants to come and make these comments, why doesn’t he name them?” Goosen said. “If he wants to damage the sport by starting to say things like that then he must come out and say it. He mustn’t make these half comments.”
Goosen added that the claims are not getting much attention from competitors at the Open and that he doesn’t believe golf has a drug problem. “I’ve seen loads of Advil flying around for back pain but I have not seen anything else. I think that is probably the least talked about subject on Tour.”
Goosen’s fellow South African Ernie Els also dismissed Player’s allegations. “I take some Advil and some anti-inflammatories,” he said, before adding, “I also take some Guinness.”