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Rory Sabbatini urges Gary Player to name names

South African Gary Player should reveal names after suggesting some tour golfers were drugs cheats, his compatriot and world number 16 Rory Sabbatini said on Wednesday.

Nine-times major champion Player caused a stir at the British Open last week by suggesting at least 10 players on the professional circuit used performance-enhancing substances. However, he refused to identify any culprits.

"If you're going to say something, don't say half of it, either be quiet and let things be or spill the beans," Sabbatini told a news conference on the eve of the Players' Championship of Europe near Hamburg.

"I don't believe there are guys that are doing that."

Another one of the favorites for the Players' title this week, former winner and world 22 Niclas Fasth of Sweden, said he had only "heard rumors and not about the European Tour."

Fasth, though, thought drugs in golf, which is not based on the power and strength required for sports that have frequently been caught up in doping scandals such as cycling and athletics, could still give some an unfair advantage.

"Certain drugs make you calmer and lower the pulse rate, so they would have their place in golf as much, if not more, than any other sport," Fasth told a news conference.

"It would be hugely disappointing to me if I was having a tough battle down the closing holes and my opponent had taken drugs to help him."


July 26, 2007

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