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Wednesday 17 September 2014

Dustin Johnson suspended from PGA Tour for cocaine use - reports

Published 01/08/2014 | 22:43

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Dustin Johnson
Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson is to serve a six month suspension from the PGA Tour for testing positive for cocaine, it is being reported this evening.

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Johnson has failed drug tests three separate times: in 2009 for marijuana, in 2012 for cocaine, and earlier this year again for cocaine, according to a report on Golf.com

He was previously suspended for the 2012 failed test, but that suspension was never made public, according to a source. The Tour does not usually disclose the penalties it levies against players.

In a statement on Thursday, Johnston said on Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately.

“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 was coming under increasing pressure to provide clarity as to the nature of Johnson’s “personal problems” this evening and if he is accused of any violations to make it public.

His biggest sponsor, TaylorMade-adidas, also would not comment.

"TaylorMade-adidas Golf will not comment on allegations," the company said in a statement. "We support Dustin Johnson's decision to temporarily step away from the PGA Tour."

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