The PGA Tour has reportedly suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine, according to a Friday Golf.com report.
According to a Golf.com 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.” And “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.”
On Thursday, Johnson announced that he was taking a leave of absence from golf to “seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced.”
“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,” he said in a statement.
Johnson’s face reportedly turned white when he got a drug test at the U.S. Open at Pinehurst earlier this year, according to a Fox Sports golf reporter.
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As Golf.com noted, Johnson, who has made headlines for his engagement to Paulina Gretzky, the stunning daughter of Wayne Gretzky, will miss the PGA Championship, the FedEx Cup Playoff, and the Ryder Cup due to the suspension.