Peter Ginsberg, a sports law specialist and lead attorney in Singh’s lawsuit, said the tour never bothered to analyze the trace amounts of IGF-1 in the bottle.
‘‘What the PGA Tour accused Vijay of spraying was not a banned substance,’’ Ginsberg said. ‘‘It was an inactive substance and could not possibly have any effect, good or bad, on Vijay. And that’s something the PGA Tour easily could have determined.’’
Singh’s reputation took a beating early in his career when he was accused of changing his scorecard in Indonesia in 1985 and banned by an Asian tour. He did not play any tour until resurfacing on the European Tour in 1989. He came to PGA Tour in 1993, and since has made more than $67 million and reached No. 1 in the world.
Singh has won the Masters and the PGA Championship among his 34 tour victories. He holds the PGA Tour record with 22 wins since turning 40. His best year was in 2004, when he won nine times. Singh has not won since the Deutsche Bank Championship in September 2008, two months after the tour’s anti-doping program was launched.
The lawsuit is geared around allegations that the PGA Tour didn’t do basic research the deer antler spray and should not have dragged Singh through the process.
Singh appealed the suspension, and it was scheduled for arbitration on Tuesday. Rosenblum said his group submitted its scientific findings on April 24, and that two days later the tour said it received its new information from WADA. The tour announced it was dropping the case on the day it was required to submit its briefs for arbitration.
‘‘The PGA Tour knew or should have known all relevant facts before it wrongfully accused Singh,’’ the lawsuit said.
Ginsberg declined to comment when asked if Singh’s attorneys contacted WADA before the tour dropped its case.
‘‘If this suit is successful, what it’s going to do is make the PGA Tour more responsible in the future,’’ he said.
Finchem appeared on Golf Channel and said he would not comment outside of what he said last week in announcing the case was dropped. Singh, meanwhile, has not spoken to reporters about any subject since releasing a statement in February confirming that he took the deer antler spray.
‘‘If I was him, I'm not so sure I'd talk about it,’’ Finchem said Tuesday evening in a press conference, the day before the lawsuit was filed. ‘‘I'd kind of like for it to be gone. He didn’t do what he probably should have done, what we ask players to do, but it was all a function that came out as a function of his admission. I don’t know what he would add to that.
‘‘So if he wants to be quiet about it, I'm not going to argue with him about that.’’