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PGA Tour refutes report Dustin Johnson suspended

PGA Tour refutes report Dustin Johnson suspended

Dustin Johnson watches his tee shot on the eighth hole during the final round of the U.S. Open golf tournament in Pinehurst, N.C., Sunday, June 15, 2014. Photo: Associated Press/AP Photo/Chuck Burton

3:35pm Update:
Tour refutes report Johnson suspended

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer
AKRON, Ohio (AP) — The PGA Tour is refuting a report that Dustin Johnson has been suspended.

Johnson said in a statement Thursday he was taking a leave of absence to seek professional help for “personal challenges” that brought an end to his season. Johnson will miss the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

Golf.com reported Friday that the tour had suspended Johnson for six months for failing a drug test. The website cited a source it did not identify.

The PGA Tour has a policy of not commenting on disciplinary actions. But it issued a statement Friday afternoon to clarify that Johnson has taken a leave of absence “and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour.”
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2:00pm update: ESPN.com is reporting that the PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for 6 months after he tested positive for cocaine. This is according to a report on Golf.com.

Golf.com cited a source reporting that Johnson has failed three drug tests, two for cocaine in 2012 and 2014 and one for marijuana in 2009. Also according to the Golf.com report, Johnson was suspended for the 2012 failed tests, but the supension was never made public.

.(KPUG Newsroom – Doug Lange)

 

DOUG FERGUSON, AP Golf Writer

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Dustin Johnson is taking a leave of absence from golf to seek help for “personal challenges,” a swift end to his season that will keep him from playing the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup.

In a statement Thursday from Hambric Sports Management, the 30-year-old Johnson said his leave of absence was effective immediately. It did not indicate how long he would be out, though agent David Winkle told the PGA of America he would not be at the PGA Championship next week or the Ryder Cup at the end of September.

Johnson, who tied for fourth in the U.S. Open and tied for 12th in the British Open, was No. 5 in the Ryder Cup standings and virtually certain to earn one of nine automatic spots when qualifying ends next week at the PGA Championship.

As long as he stays in the top nine, he will be replaced by the next player in the standings.

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