We can now end the speculation as to why Dustin Johnson decided to take a leave of absence from the PGA Tour. In reality he was suspended after multiple drug infractions including the use of cocaine.
Previously, Johnson had issued this statement…
“I am taking a leave of absence from professional golf, effective immediately,” Johnson said, three days after withdrawing from this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio for what he described as “personal reasons.’’
“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,’’ Johnson continued in the statement. “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.
“I respectfully ask my fans, well-wishers and the media for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement.”
Now, according to Golf.com, the true reason was drugs…
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.
On the plus side, now he will have a few months to focus on this…
Oh, and kicking his bad habits. That too. We wish him well and a speedy return to the Tour. He’s actually one of the fun ones.
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