Last month, Tiger Woods declared that he'd be taking a break from golf to let his surgically repaired back heal. This came right after he could only last eleven holes at the Farmers Insurance Open before withdrawing—a disappointing start to his 2015 campaign. We won't be seeing Woods back on the green for some time, and PGA golfer Dan Olsen has his own claims to explain Woods' latest departure from the game.
Speaking to 730 AM "The Game" in Lansing, Mich., Olsen told listeners that, "I heard he's on a month's suspension... it's kind of a strong witness. It's a credible person who is telling me this.'' Olsen refused to name his source (an exempt tour player, according to him) and added that he wasn't even sure whether to believe his source or not. He would later tell ESPN.com's Michael Collins that the information he received about a supposed suspension was not first-hand.
"It's not testosterone, but it's something else. I think when it's all said and done, he's gonna surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy," said Olsen. "They're not even going to remember the women. The women are going to take a distance second place. You're gonna talk about him with Lance Armstrong.''
A "cheater ball" was also mentioned by Olsen, in reference to the Nike golf balls Woods' plays with.
Olsen himself is a journeyman PGA golfer. He hasn't played in a tour event since 2011, and his best season came in 2004, when he made eight cuts out of the 31 tour events he played in. Sensing that he may not be the most credible person in breaking golf news, Olsen was on-point with the introspection during his radio show appearance: "I'll be looked at as just some crazy fucker nobody making accusations about Tiger," he said. Yeah, probably.
Since Olsen's comments, the PGA Tour and Woods' agent have spoken out. While the PGA hardly comments on disciplinary matters, but Ty Votaw, the executive vice president of the Tour, has already started getting Olsen's claims the hell out of here.
"There is no truth whatsoever to these claims," Votaw said. "We categorically deny these allegations.''
Woods' agent, Mark Steinberg, added: "These claims are absolutely, unequivocally and completely false. They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.''
While a lowkey Jordan-like conspiracy-suspension isn't outside of the realm of possibility, it's unlikely. The PGA Tour maintains that if Woods had failed a drug test, they'd be required to make an announcement, and that it'd be much longer than a month.
That won't stop Olsen though. (No word on how if he thinks Woods' fake tooth is chock full o' roids) You can listen to his full interview below.
UPDATE: On 730 AM's website, Olsen retracted everything you read above. He statement was brief, and lacked the bang of his previous Tiger Woods-related outburst:
“I retract the entire interview. My comments were ill-advised. I want to apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Tim Finchem.”