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Is it time to get rid of drug testing on the PGA Tour?

Is it time to get rid of drug testing on the PGA Tour?

Is it time to get rid of drug testing on the PGA Tour?

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The PGA Tour drug testing policy has been a big yawn. 

And if Tim Finchem thought he was trying to appease his sponsors with the move, he has failed miserably.  Except for the bad publicity when Tom Finchem went after VJ Singh for taking antler horn supplements, which was a joke, there has been no big-name player who has been caught using performance-enhancing drugs.  These players simply do not need this and it is time to quit!  Thanks so much to  of for bringing this to the fore!

Is it time to get rid of drug testing on the PGA Tour?

Drug testing has been a hot topic on the PGA TOUR for a few years now. From recreational drugs to PEDs, some of the TOUR’s biggest names have been speculated of using them, whether commissioner Tim Finchem wants to admit that or not.

There have been three pros suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs, with the most recent being Scott Stallings. Stallings actually self reported himself after taking DHEA (a precursor to testosterone) recommended by his doctor for fatigue. Stallings was hit with a three-month suspension for his violation.

Some have accused Tiger Woods of using PEDs.

Big Cat received treatment from Dr. Anthony Galea, who plead guilty to bringing in human growth hormones into the U.S. Former caddie Steve Williams has recently come out and put the rumors to rest however. In an interview with Golf Digest, Williams said:

“Did Tiger do PEDs? There’s no chance,” Williams said. “Love him or hate him, Tiger always respected the game. He knows its history and people, its standing in sports and the world. He always knew what golf did for him personally.”

Robert Garrigus told Golf Digest back in 2011, “”Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who were smoking in the middle of the round…You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.”

We all know about Dustin Johnson’s alleged cocaine use as well.

DJ missed 11 weeks on TOUR in 2012 after “injuring his back moving a Jet Ski.” More recently in 2014, Johnson missed six months due to a “voluntary leave.” 

The reason there have only been three known suspensions on the PGA TOUR for drug/PED use is because of the TOUR’s attempt to keep their image so clean.

The PGA TOUR can get away with being a non-profit organization because each of they consider tournaments a charity event. In doing so, they are making A LOT of money. According to an Outside the Lines report, the TOUR has done a good job of avoiding paying over $200 million in taxes in the last 10 to 20 years.

If the TOUR were to actually release the details of golfers they suspend for recreational drug use or PEDs, then that could scare away sponsors. Losing sponsors means losing money for this non-profit and that’s not something they can afford to happen.

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Pictures: Keith Allison   Craig ONeal

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