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Tiger reckons golf is squeaky clean

ESPN staff
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Tiger Woods is confident golf is clean of drugs but would welcome further doping controls to "enhance the respectability" of the sport.

Speaking ahead of the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, Woods believes the honour culture in golf means doping is improbable.

Woods' comments come in the wake of the International Cycling Union's (UCI) decision to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles after accepting the findings of the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

While Woods admits golf is some way behind other sports in terms of testing, he believes golf has nothing to hide.

"We just implemented testing probably three years ago I think it is," he said. "I know we don't do any blood work like some of the other sports do. Right now it's just urine samples, but that's certainly a positive step in the right direction to try and validate our sport.

"This is a sport where we turn ourselves in on mistakes. A ball moves in the trees, guys call penalties on themselves. Golf is a different sport.

"I think that's one of the neat things about our great game, and I think with the testing, it's only enhanced that respectability throughout all of sport."

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