"I could use HGH and get away with it" - Rory Mcllroy critical of golf's lack of anti-doping testing

Four-time major winner believes blood testing needs to be introduced

Rory McIlroy

Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland tees off the 3rd hole during a practice round ahead of the British Open Golf Championship at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Troon, Scotland, Wednesday, July 13, 2016. The British Open starts Thursday.(AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Rory McIlroy reckons the frequency of drug testing in golf needs to improve if the sport wants a long-term future in the Olympics.

The four-time Major champion is preparing for tomorrow's start of The Open and says he only gets tested around four or five times a year.

He reckons he could "get away with" cheating under golf's current anti-doping checks and believes "blood testing is something that needs to happen in golf".

McIlroy says it is not good enough and feels he has not been tested enough.

"I’ve been tested by the [International Golf Federation] or Olympic testing once this year and that was the Friday of the US Open, but it was only a urine test. I haven’t been blood-tested yet. It was only a urine test. On average, I probably get tested four to five times a year, which is very little compared to the rest of the Olympic sports," he said.

"I’ve gotten to know a lot of athletes over the years, and whether it be coming to their houses and doing blood and urine, I think drug testing in golf is still quite far behind some of the other sports.

"I’d say it’s pretty low, the threat of doping in golf. I don’t know myself of a banned substance that could help a golfer across the board, with driving, with putting, with concentration. Physically, obviously, you can get stronger, recover faster. So, I mean, for example, HGH (human growth hormone), you can’t really pick it up in a urine test. I could use HGH and get away with it."

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