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November 21, 2018
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Settled: A 2013 lawsuit filed by Vijay Singh against the PGA Tour, alleging “public humiliation and ridicule” during an investigation into his use of a banned substance. No terms were disclosed. The case was scheduled to go to trial next week in New York. Singh told Sports Illustrated in early 2013 that he used deer-antler spray, which contained IGF-1, an insulin-like growth factor that was on the Tour’s list of banned substances at the time. When the World Anti-Doping Agency removed the substance from its list of banned substances, the Tour did likewise and ended its discipline of Singh. But Singh’s lawyers said that the Tour “rushed to judgment and accused one of the world’s hardest-working and most dedicated golfers of violating the rules of the game.” On Tuesday, the PGA Tour and Singh released a joint statement that reads in part: “The PGA Tour and Vijay Singh are pleased to announce that we have resolved our prior dispute. The settlement reflects our mutual commitment to look to the future as we put this matter behind us.” Singh, 55, of Fiji, is a three-time major champion who has won 34 times on the PGA Tour and is a World Golf Hall of Fame member. These days, Singh plays primarily on the Champions Tour, where he won three times this year, including the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship on Nov. 11. His reputation took a hit in 1985 when Singh was accused of altering his scorecard at the Indonesian Open and subsequently banned by the Asian Tour for two years.


Announced: By the PGA Tour, its first official tournament in Japan. The Zozo Championship will be played in October at Accordia Golf Narashino Country Club in Inzai, just east of Tokyo, as part of a six-year agreement with Zozo, which operates a Japanese online fashion website. The tournament will be co-sponsored by the Japan Golf Tour.


Scheduled: To debut on Thanksgiving Day, the film “2018 U.S. Open: Brooks Goes Back-to-Back,” the U.S. Golf Association announced. The one-hour documentary, narrated by Kevin Connolly, will air at 3 p.m. EST Thursday on Fox Sports. American Brooks Koepka has won two consecutive U.S. Open titles (movie trailer).


Appointed: Laura Davies, as an assistant captain for the European team for the 2019 Solheim Cup, captain Catriona Matthew announced. Davies will join Suzann Pettersen and Kathryn Imrie on Matthew’s staff. The biennial matches pitting the top female professionals from the U.S. against those from Europe will be played Sept. 13-15 at Gleneagles Hotel in Scotland.


Named: As coaches for the 2019 Arnold Palmer Cup, Scott Limbaugh of Vanderbilt and Mic Potter of Alabama for the U.S. and Canadian Jan Dowling of Michigan and South African Mark Immelman of Columbus (Ga.) State for the Internationals. The annual matches, to be played June 7-9 at The Alotian Club in Roland, Ark., involve the top collegiate men.


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