The PGA Tour will adopt a drug policy and random testing in 2008. The times we live in. Sheesh.
Jim Furyk shouldn’t have any problems. He takes prescriptions for allergies, and when his neck acts up he pops an Alleve.
Still, Jim thought it would be a good idea to read the new policy, so he pulled it up on his Blackberry.
“It was like 41 pages,” Furyk told the AP. “I got to page two on the Blackberry and realized there were 39 more pages to go. Forty-one pages of that? I don’t think I can do it.
“I may read if it I feel it’s necessary. For me, the idea is to make sure we can go to the workshops and have all the people in place to help us out.”
The policy manual lists 10 categories of prohibited substances that include anabolic steroids, human growth hormones, narcotics and beta blockers.
According to the story I read a couple of days ago, Tiger was about midway through the manual. Zach Johnson hadn’t read a word -- he sent it to his trainer for review. There’s a mandatory drug policy meeting for players in January. Random testing will begin July 8.
The sad thing is at some point -- I don’t know when -- a Tour player will fail. (I guess it’s already happened overseas with an Italian golfer, I believe.) If we don’t think it could happen in golf, we’re probably naïve.
The Armchair Golfer