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“He was fine out there,” said J.J. Henry, who also played in the group with Singh. “I don’t know much about it. I’m out here trying to tackle a tough golf course. I’ve played a lot of golf with him and he’s always been good to me. That stuff is none of my business. I’m trying to figure out how to stay out of some of these hazards.”

Singh bogeyed two of the first three holes and fell 12 shots off the lead with a double at No. 8. He rallied on the back nine, making birdies at 16 and 17, but pulled his next tee shot into the water and finished with a bogey and a 2-over 74. He is tied for 99th, 11 shots behind Roberto Castro.

Singh said in a Sports Illustrated article in January that he used deer antler spray and he was “looking forward to some change in my body.” The spray was said to include an insulin-like growth factor that was on the tour’s list of banned substances. The tour sent a sample from Singh to be tested, and it returned small amounts of IGF-1.

PGA Tour Commissioner Tim Finchem announced April 30 that the tour was dropping its case because of new information from the World Anti-Doping Agency, which said deer antler spray was no longer considered prohibited because it contained just minimal amounts of the growth factor.

The lawsuit claims the PGA Tour relied on WADA’s list of banned substances and methods without doing any of its own research, including whether such substances even provide any performance-enhancing benefits. Singh’s lawyers said the tour “rushed to judgment and accused one of the world’s hardest working and most dedicated golfers of violating the rules of the game.”

The 50-year-old Fijian, inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2006, hasn’t spoken to reporters about any subject since releasing a statement in February confirming that he took the deer antler spray.

He declined comment after his opening round.

Singh had about a dozen or so spectators following him Thursday, maybe the most telling sign of his career.

Singh has 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.