Vijay Singh has received far more brickbats than bouquets for his starring role as the wronged plaintiff in "Vijay Singh v. PGA Tour Inc.," the doping-related lawsuit he filed on Wednesday against the golf association. Several players have voiced less-than-positive reviews of the three-time major champion’s lawsuit, which he brought on the eve of the tour’s flagship event, The Players Championship.
Singh's suit claimed the tour ruined his reputation by privately disciplining him for his admitted use of deer antler spray. Tour officials eventually lifted the sanction when the World Anti-Doping Agency removed an ingredient found in the deer essence from its banned-substance list.
"This is bull****," one player told GolfChannel.com’s Jason Sobel. "How many millions of dollars has he made on the PGA Tour? And then they let him off and he sues them? What a joke. I'd say more, but they'd probably suspend me."
Hunter Mahan was one player who did go on record, telling Hank Gola of the New York Daily News, "It doesn’t do anybody any good. Not Vijay. Not anybody.
"The funny thing," observed Mahan, who’s tied with Tiger Woods and four others for fourth place -- four shots back of leader Roberto Castro -- heading into Friday’s second round at TPC Sawgrass, "is he brought this on himself."
Perhaps the most persuasive argument against pursuing charges against Tim Finchem et al came from an unlikely source, but one who, no doubt, knows whereof he speaks, having had his share of legal and other beefs with tour organizers around the world.
VJ don't do this horrible advice you got off take it from me not worth it #friendlyadvice— John Daly (@PGA_JohnDaly) May 8, 2013
Singh, by the way, making his first start since filing suit, shot a 2-over 74 on Thursday and enters the second round two strokes south of the projected cut line.