Former PGA Tour player Dan Olsen has retracted claims he made Friday on a Michigan radio show that Tiger Woods’ absence from golf was due to a PGA Tour-imposed suspension for a failed drug test.
“I retract the entire interview,” Olsen said in a statement to WVFN AM 730, where the interview originally aired. “My comments were ill-advised. I want to apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and Tim Finchem.”
Reaction was swift after Olsen’s comments were widely reported Monday.
From Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the PGA Tour: “There is no truth whatsoever to these claims. We categorically deny these allegations.”
From Mark Steinberg, Woods’ agent: “These claims are absolutely, unequivocally and completely false. They are unsourced, unverified and completely ridiculous. The PGA Tour has confirmed that there is no truth to these claims.”
Here is Olsen’s interview with radio host David “Mad Dog” Demarco:
Olsen played one full season on the PGA Tour in 2004 and last played on Tour at the 2011 PGA Championship. He missed the cut.
Woods has not played on the PGA Tour since withdrawing from the Farmers Insurance Open at Torrey Pines with back pain in early February. He has not announced when he plans to return to competitive golf.