High-profile golfers are the latest athletes linked to the so-called Panama Papers, which detail efforts by wealthy people across the world to try to hide their fortunes by investing in offshore companies.
According to a report in the Irish Times, golfers Padraig Harrington, Retief Goosen and Ian Woosnam have all appeared in documents obtained from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, which says its records were hacked. The firm specializes in setting up offshore accounts, which are difficult to trace. The Times reports that the firm set up the accounts at the request of IMG, a talent agency that represents many pro athletes.
The golfers, along with tennis player Thomas Enqvist, are not accused of any wrongdoing, though the release of the papers has sparked investigations worldwide, including one by U.S. federal authorities.
Harrington won The Open in 2007 and 2008 and the PGA Championship in 2008. Goosen won the U.S. Open in 2001 and 2004, and Woosnam won the Masters in 1991.
All four athletes have been linked to Panamanian company Marksmen Guaranteed Fund V SA. The law firm acted as a registered agent for Marksmen, according to the Times. All four attended the company's annual meeting in 2000 by proxy.
Former Falcons offensive tackle Leonard Gotshalk was also included in the massive database of people named in the Panama Papers, according to investigative journalists mining the leaked data, as reported in the USA Today.
Gotshalk was already under a federal indictment handed up in 2010 on charges he had accepted kickbacks to inflate the share prices of tech company stocks, the paper reported.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists reported that Gotshalk was among 36 Americans accused of financial misconduct included in the massive database published at 2 p.m. ET Monday.
The information, culled from the documents obtained from the law firm, detailed basic corporate information about the companies, trusts and foundations set up in 21 jurisdictions across the world, from Hong Kong to Nevada.