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Tiger Woods’s Drug Use Allegation: Breaking Down Ex PGA Tour Pro’s Claims

Published 04/18/2024, 3:12 PM EDT

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The cyclonic winds of controversy seem to have engulfed Tiger Woods once again. The former PGA Tour player, Mark Lye, has recently come forward to accuse the 15-time major winner of a serious case of allegedly using Performance-Enhancing Drugs, or PED, leading to widespread anguish within the pro’s team. However, the 48-year-old seems to have continued his oath of silence on the matter.

Tiger Woods has been involved in many controversies before, one that even resulted in an arrest because of accusations of driving under the influence (DUI) weeks after the 2017 Masters, but this new allegation of being on steroids has resulted in widespread curiosity among fans and colleagues of the pro alike. But what is the basis of Lye’s stance?

Mark Lye makes strong accusations of use of steroids against Tiger Woods

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Time and again, Tiger Woods has faced intense claims about the alleged use of steroids. Back in 2015, Dan Olsen made claims without having any evidence that Woods was secretly suspended from the organization for failing a drug test. However, he soon retracted his claims after Woods’s agent, Mark Steinberg, called his claims “absolutely, unequivocally, and completely false.”

Almost a decade later, Mark Lye has voiced these apparently hushed-down claims. In a conversation with Dan Dakich at the Don’t @ Me With Dan Dakich show, Mark Lye affirmed that about 80% to 90% of people around the golf world have felt that Tiger Woods has used steroids in the past or may have used steroids in the past, except for those who are in Woods’s circle.

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He said, “Yes, that is it. It is except for the people in Tiger’s corner. ‘You better shut up about it.’ Nobody has ever gone out like that. Nobody’s ever really said that. Like I’m saying it right now. But there’s just no doubt. And I would say about 80 or 90% of the people out there know that something ain’t right.”

Further illustrating his stance on the topic of Woods’s alleged use of “some sort of enhancement type of deal,” the 71-year-old quoted Woods’s seemingly changed physical appearance, focusing on how “he is all puffed up,” and how it can not be a doing of just some normal vitamins on his 40-some young physique.

The former PGA Tour pro’s exact words were, “It’s been known for a long time… I don’t know what he’s taking; he looks awful to me. I mean, for a guy that’s not very old. You know, he’s 40 years old. His body looks like, his face from his head on down looks like he’s all puffed up. I don’t know what he’s doing, but it ain’t just normal vitamins. Let me put it that way. And he’s been that way for a long time.”

Mark Lye’s claims centered on the PGA Tour GOAT did not end here. He also talked about how he knows people who used to be close friends of the golfing great but have now separated to add another layer of plausible reality to his present unproven claims. His other measure to further his stance was how an ailing Tiger’s focus has remained overly focused on his weightlifting regimen rather than on his golfing game on his road to recovery.

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However, with his strong critique of the star also came forth a recognition of his newfound accomplishment of making the 24th cut at the Masters. But how exactly was Tiger Woods’s performance at the Masters?

Tiger Woods’s performance at the Masters

The 2024 Masters saw a different shade of Tiger Woods, one that was determined to present his fans with a severely missed version of him: the go-getter Woods. After failing to meet several cuts since his return post-hiatus at the Hero World Challenge, Woods made his 24th consecutive cut at the Masters and rewrote the books of history.

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Not only did he make a roaring return by making the highly anticipated cut, he also performed meticulously in the first two rounds. He played the heavy winds surrounding Round 2 at par, shocking even players on top of the leaderboard who went over par. But as the game progressed, his back issues affected his game, giving him a shocking score of 10-over-par in Round 3, and 5-over par in Round 4. Still, Mr. T finished the Masters, albeit at the bottom of the leaderboard, placed at 60 with a rather disappointing score of 16-over-par.

Tiger Woods continues to remain silent on Mark Lye’s claims. Only time will tell how the golfing world great will perform in the days to come.

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Daiemah Malik

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Daiemah Malik is a Senior Golf Writer at EssentiallySports. Thanks to many evenings on the course, driving and putting alongside her family, Daiemah is able to give her loyal readers a perspective of both a player and a writer. Her area of expertise is technical core sport pieces like analyzing golfers’ performances or predicting how weather will affect an event and those playing.
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Tripti Sarda

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