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Vijay Singh admits using deer-antler spray, denies knowing it contained banned substance

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Vijay Singh, of Fiji, looks on before teeing off on the 10th hole of the north course at the Torrey Pines Golf Course during the first round of the Farmers Insurance Open golf tournament Thursday, Jan. 24, 2013, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)The Associated Press

Vijay Singh has admitted he used deer-antler spray, saying he wasn't aware that it may contain a substance banned by the PGA Tour.

The 49-year-old Fijian first revealed he used the spray in an interview with Sports Illustrated. The magazine says Singh paid one of Sports With Alternatives To Steroids' owners $9,000 last November for the spray, hologram chips and other products.

The magazine also reported Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis sought help from SWATS in his recovery from a torn right triceps.

Singh released a statement Wednesday at the Phoenix Open, saying: "While I have used deer-antler spray, at no time was I aware that it may contain a substance that is banned under the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy."

PGA Tour spokesman Ty Votaw says the tour is "looking into the matter."