PGA Getting Ready For Drug Testing

The PGA Tour plans to start its new drug-testing program as early as July. Penalties for a positive test could range from a one-year suspension for a first offense to a lifetime ban if a player is caught three times.

Leaders from golf's most influential organizations signed off last month on an anti-doping policy. The tour's plan has been approved by its policy board.

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says players will receive a
manual next month as part of an education program that will extend
through June, with testing to follow.

Finchem says the tour can test players without notice anytime and anywhere, and testing at a PGA Tour event can occur before or
after practice or competition. There's no limit to how many times a
year a player can be tested. It's not clear if there will be any mandatory testing of players, such as the winner of a tournament.


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