Tiger Woods’ accuser retracts claims after agent, Tour speak out

Tiger Woods’ agent and the PGA Tour denied allegations made Friday by former touring pro Dan Olsen that Woods has been suspended for a month by the Tour because of a failed drug test. Shortly after each party issued its statement, Olsen retracted his original report.

The retraction appeared Monday afternoon on the website of The Game 730 AM, a radio station in Olsen’s hometown of Lansing, Mich. It read, “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.”

Olsen, 48, made the original claim on the “Mad Dog in the Morning” radio show and cited an anonymous source. Later in the show, Olsen also said Woods used illegal equipment and compared the golfer to another troubled American sports star.

“It’s not testosterone, but it’s something else,” Olsen said Friday. “I think when it’s all said and done, he’s going to surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg issued a statement Monday morning, saying the claims are “absolutely, unequivocally and completely false.”

“They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous,” Steinberg said. “The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”

Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the Tour, added: “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We categorically deny these allegations.”

Woods made two PGA Tour starts in 2015 – missing the cut at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open on his 12th hole – before announcing Feb. 11 that he would not return to competition until his game is “tournament-ready.”

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