There have been whispers about Tiger Woods' alleged steroid use for the better part of a decade. In 2011, a Canadian doctor frequented by Woods was charged in relation to smuggling HGH and various other PEDs into the United States where he treated top athletes. Although, Woods was one of Galea's patients, he was never connected to the scandal.
According to a new book released Tuesday, Blood Sport: Alex Rodriguez, Biogenesis and the Quest to and Baseball's Steroid Era, co-authored by Tim Elfrink of the Miami New York Times and Gus-Garcia Roberts of Newsday, Woods was not only aware of Galea's illegal treatments utilizing PEDs, but he also sought him out after suffering a knee injury in 2008.
From late 2008 through 2009, when Woods was facing the worst injury of his career and Rodriguez was sidelined with a lingering hip problem, they sometimes talked abut the cutting-edge techniques of the two Canadian physicians treating both of them at the same time: Anthony Galea and Mark Lindsay.
In all, Woods visited Galea 14 times for $76,012 worth of treatment. The book should re-open a can of worms that Wood has danced around for much of his career as the most physically fit and talented golfer on the PGA Tour. The recuring injuries aren't helping matters either. These new allegations couldn't have come at a worse time. In addition to facing a dwindling window to catch Jack Nicklaus, Woods is also battling back from a back injury that some specialists believe may hinder him for the remainder of his career.
It's been a tough go of things for Woods in the last six years and this is not the break he was looking for. Looks like Woods may have to chip his way out of an even deeper bunker once he finally returns to the course.