Wait – This Guy Was The First PGA Golfer Ever To Be Suspended For Using Performance-Enhancing Drugs?
Doug Barron has been suspended one year by the PGA Tour for testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs. Pursuant to Tour policy, the drug Barron, 40, tested positive for was not made known. To make matters worse for Barron, his PED use didn’t even help him on the Tour – Barron only played in one PGA Tour event this year – the St. Jude Classic, where he missed the cut. In fact, Barron hasn’t even had a tour card in three years and most recently was competing on the Nationwide Tour.
Of course, Barron apologized for the distraction:
“I would like to apologize for any negative perception of the tour or its players resulting from my suspension,” Barron said in a statement released by the PGA Tour on Monday. “I want my fellow tour members and the fans to know that I did not intend to gain an unfair competitive advantage or enhance my performance while on tour.”
As you can see from the above photo taken at the Chrysler Championship in 2006 (he didn’t want his white shirt to get dirty), depending on your perspective, either Barron doesn’t appear to fit the mold of a PED user or he is exactly the type of person who would benefit from taking performance-enhancing drugs.
The next thing you know, John Daly will get suspended by the PGA, On second thought, that will only happen if Diet Coke and Marlboro Reds get added to the list of banned substances.
Doug Barron is 1st to violate PGA Tour drug policy [Associated Press]
Ladies & Gentlemen, Meet the Face of Doping in Golf [Waggle Room]
Barron goes shirtless on 16th hole [ESPN]