Woods cooperates with FBI drug investigation

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Tiger Woods has promised to give his "full co-operation" to the FBI in the drugs investigation of a doctor who has treated him. Woods revealed yesterday that agents had contacted his agent to arrange an interview.

Woods denied ever taking human growth hormone, but revealed that he needed extra treatment from Dr Anthony Galea after tearing his Achilles tendon in December 2008. That is an injury he has never mentioned before; either on his return in 2009 from eight months out following reconstructive knee surgery or during the rest of the season.

"He never gave me HGH or any PEDs [performance-enhancing drugs]," Woods said. "I've never taken that my entire life. I've never taken any illegal drug, ever, for that matter. I had PRP, platelet-enriched plasma treatments. Then in December I started running again and tore my Achilles in my right leg. I then had PRP injections throughout the year. I kept retearing it. I used tape to play most of the year."

Galea, the subject of investigations after his assistant was caught taking HGH over the Canadian border, was the man Woods went to because, "he's worked with so many athletes and there's a certain comfort level." Asked if he was now part of the investigation, Woods replied: "They contacted Steiny [Mark Steinberg, his agent] and will get full co-operation."

Woods also admitted previously taking the painkiller Vicodin and the sedative, Ambien. Neither are on the list of banned substances.

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