Welp, that wasn’t shoved under the rug for very long. Dustin Johnson’s leave of absence from the PGA Tour is, in actuality, a suspension because he tested positive for cocaine one too many times. Or at least that is what Golf.com is reporting.
According to Golf.com
According to the source, Johnson has failed three drug tests: one for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine, in 2012 and 2014. He was previously suspended for the 2012 failed test, but that suspension was never made public. Under the PGA Tour’s drug-testing policies, the Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs.
Johnson’s conduct has long been a topic of conversation among close observers of the Tour. He is often seen in bars near his home in Jupiter, Fla., and is also known to have had a sexual indiscretion with at least one wife of a PGA Tour player.
The suspension means Johnson, 30, will miss the PGA Championship — the season’s final major takes place next week in Louisville, Ky. — and also the PGA Tour’s lucrative FedEx Cup playoff series. Johnson’s agent, David Winkle of Hambric Sports Management, notified the PGA of America on Thursday that his client will also not be competing in the Ryder Cup in Scotland this September. Earlier this week, when asked if Johnson was about to be suspended by the PGA Tour, Winkle texted an SI reporter, “Don’t believe everything you hear.”
Guy likes to party…perhaps a little too much. I also wonder who’s wife he tried to dust? Hope he’s able to kick whatever demons haunt him.
— Golf.com (@si_golf) August 1, 2014
[Image via Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports]
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