Dustin Johnson suspended six months by PGA after testing positive for cocaine
A day after Dustin Johnson issued a statement that he was taking an indefinite leave of absence to “seek professional help for personal challenges” he has faced, Golf.com is reporting that the 30-year-old PGA Tour star has been suspended for six months following a positive drug test for cocaine.
A source told Golf.com that this is the third positive drug test in Johnson’s PGA Tour career, one for marijuana in 2009 — the same year he was arrested on a DUI charge in South Carolina — and two for cocaine, with the first positive test occurring in 2012 before the most recent alleged failed test.
Johnson reportedly was suspended following the 2012 positive test for marijuana, but due to the fact that PGA Tour policy dictates that disciplinary actions related to recreational drug use needn’t be made public, the punishment was not made public.
Following play in the Cadillac Championship at Doral in March, 2014, Johnson said he had hurt his back on a jet ski. He did not play for 11 weeks until the Memorial in July. In hindsight, it appears likely Johnson was serving his suspension.
After releasing a brief statement regarding Johnson’s statement about taking a leave of absence on Thursday, PGA Tour executive vice president Ty Votaw said the organization would have no further comment.
Golf.com’s reporting on Johnson’s suspension also notes that the golfer is frequently spotted at bars whooping it up near his home in Jupiter, Fla. and was rumored to have had a “sexual indiscretion” with the wife of a PGA Tour golfer. While there is little to substantiate the rumor, FOX Sports senior golf analyst Robert Lusetich did offer up this juicy nugget, claiming that many at least have heard about the rumor.
Not a huge secret either that #DustinJohnson had affairs with 2 wives of PGA Tour players. One broke up the marriage.
— Robert Lusetich (@RobertLusetich) August 1, 2014
Given Johnson’s high-profile relationship with Paulina Gretzky, the young and attractive socialite known for late nights and hard partying, it will be interesting to see how everything shakes out for Johnson in the next six months and whether the immensely talented golfer will determine that substantial changes need to be made in his personal life in order to get his professional career back on track.
On the day he withdrew from this week’s Bridgestone Invitational, Gretzky’s social media activity appeared to indicate something was amiss with Johnson.
Despite his off-the-course life seemingly spiraling out of control, Johnson somehow was having one of his best seasons on Tour this year, notching a win, two second-place finishes and seven Top-10s as he pocketed $4.2 million. Sometimes it can be shocking how a person can maintain all the appearances that they have everything under control when in all likelihood they do not.