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    Woods issues drug denial


    by ODN


    Tiger Woods finally has answered the big drugs question - and in the process let out another secret about his life.

    After being "blown away" by the crowd reception as he practised for The Masters - his first tournament since his sex scandal came to light - the world number one then held his first press conference since mid-November.

    And during it he denied ever taking human growth hormone, but revealed that he needed extra treatment from controversial Canadian doctor Anthony Galea after tearing his Achilles tendon in December 2008.

    It was an injury he never mentioned last February on his return 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)," said Woods. "I've never taken that my entire life. I've never taken any illegal drug, ever, for that matter."

    Galea, now the subject of federal investigations in his home country, was the man Woods went to because, he said, "He's worked with so many athletes. There's a certain comfort level to that when a person has worked with athletes."