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Lance Armstrong: "I Never Cheat Playing Golf"



All within the context of cycling, Lance Armstrong says he never cheats at golf.

In an article with Golf Digest, the defrocked Tour de France champion, says he’s drawn to golf because of its honor code — the opposite, of  what he says he found in cycling.

"Cycling, it was the Wild West. Nobody considered doping cheating," Armstrong wrote. "It was an arms race where absolutely anything went, and it was every man for himself. You might consider me the last guy to have anything to say about cheating, but golf is different. I love adhering to a code of honor that we in cycling didn’t have. If I moved my ball in the rough and got caught, I wouldn’t just regret it, I’d be heartbroken forever. When I think about reform in cycling, I think about golf."

To Armstrong, golf is a dichotomy to cycling, wherein the latter is overwrought with "cheats".  

To the contrary, Armstrong says, golf has an honor code, at least on the competition level, and its players possess a higher level of ethnics than cycling does. 

Since his fall from grace, after admitting to "doping" during a televised interview with Oprah Winfrey, Armstrong says that he’s turned to golf as an antidote, to the public pillory he continues to receive in the cycling world. 

Armstrong says, his handicap is down to a 9 index, meaning he shoots right around 80 for an 18-hole round. 


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