PGA Tour slaps six-month ban on Dustin Johnson for cocaine use

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States (4E Sports) – A day after he took a leave from competition to seek professional help for personal challenges, it was reported that the PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine.

Citing a reliable source, Golf.com said Johnson has failed three drug tests — two for cocaine (in 2014 and 2012) and one for marijuana (2009).

The 30-year-old Johnson was suspended for the 2012 failed test but it was never made public. Under its guidelines, the PGA Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs.

In March 2012, Johnson played in the Cadillac Championship but did not see action again until the Memorial in late May.

Johnson then claimed he was not playing because he’d injured his back lifting a jet ski but Golf.com’s source said he was actually serving a suspension for failing a drug test for cocaine.

Johnson announced Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence from competition, effective immediately, for “personal challenges.”

“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” he said in a statement issued by his management company. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”

The PGA Tour released a statement Thursday wishing Johnson well. On Friday, executive vice president Ty Votaw said the tour would have no further comment.

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