Golf Groups Ban Drugs, Will Start Screening

PGA will implement its new anti-doping policy beginning next season
By Zach Samalin,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 20, 2007 4:44 PM CDT
PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem gestures during a news conference in Atlanta, in this Nov. 2, 2005 file photo. Golf finally joined other major sports Thursday Sept. 20, 2007, when its leading organizations...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Finally catching up with other professional sports, major golf groups today announced new anti-doping policies, to be put into effect in 2008. Though the PGA Tour isn't adopting the World Anti-Doping Association list of banned substances, the AP reports, it has its own laundry list, which includes anabolic agents, hormones, stimulants, masking agents and narcotics.

Groups involved include the PGA, LPGA and European tours, the US Golf Association and the Royal & Ancient Golf Club. In addition to substance control, each group will also implement screening protocols and coordinate punishments for positive tests. "The R&A has no reason to believe golf is anything but a clean sport," the club's chief executive said.