What Is Going On With Former PGA Tour Pro Dan Olsen?

Updated: March 2, 2015
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Dan Olsen, a journeyman PGA Tour pro with 35 starts, 9 made cuts, 1 top 25 and $138,000 in total career earnings, shared some provocative information with WVFN Radio recently.  In what sounded like vindictive form, Olsen battered Tiger Woods with the following:

“It’s not testosterone, but it’s something else,” “I think when it’s all said and done, he’s gonna surpass Lance Armstrong with infamy.”

“I heard (Woods) is on a month’s suspension,” calling his source a “strong witness” and “credible.”

“I’ll be looked at as just some crazy f— nobody making accusations about Tiger,” Olsen told ESPN.com on Monday.

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Olsen spoke about an alleged “cheater ball,” referencing the Nike ball Tiger uses and how use of said ball could be more damaging than the made-up suspension Olsen claims Tiger is serving for the alleged PED’s he alludes to.

The PGA’s vice president, Ty Votaw, immediately rang in denying any suspension:

“There is no truth whatsoever to these claims,” Votaw said Monday. “We categorically deny these allegations.”

This comes across as a jealous has-been (or maybe never was) former PGA Tour pro who spends his days teaching leathery old women at some country club, showing animosity towards one of the game’s greatest.  On the flip-side of the coin, one could interpret it as a has-been being angry about the fact that he didn’t “juice” and didn’t use an alleged “cheater-ball.”  Whatever the motivation, Dan has done a complete  360 on the matter. He retracted his assertions about Tiger being suspended for a month due to a performance enhancing drug infraction:

“I retract the entire interview. My comments were ill-advised. I want to apologize to Nike, the PGA Tour, Phil Mickelson, Tiger Woods and (tour commissioner) Tim Finchem.”

Interesting retraction.  Nowhere does he say he was lying, fabricating or otherwise.  He simply suggests they were ill-advised.  Since it is nearly impossible to obtain accurate information from powerhouse industries such as golf and the PGA, what are we to think?  Olsen clearly runs in golf circles, has contacts and people who could possibly be in the know about goings on in Tiger’s world.  He could very well be telling the truth. Or, he could very well be a drunken country club golf pro with a vendetta against Tiger.  Sure would be interesting to know the truth.