((HT: Golf.com/Bamberger, Walker))
Now, we know...
Yesterday, PGA Tour pro Dustin Johnson was stepping away to take some time and seek "professional help" for some issues that he was going through at present.
Bamberger and Walker may now have the answer as to what those issues are: testing positive for cocaine.
The article also sheds some light on what could be some very serious allegations on Johnson's behavior while he has been on tour the last few seasons.
The background to this suspension from the Golf.com article:
Johnson has failed three drug tests: one for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine, in 2012 and 2014. He was previously suspended for the 2012 failed test, but that suspension was never made public. Under the PGA Tour’s drug-testing policies, the Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs.
His past is somewhat checkered with the tour and includes an alleged indiscretion with another player's wife.
Johnson's "management team" released this statement yesterday:
“I will use this time to seek professional help for personal challenges I have faced,” he said in a statement issued by his management company. “By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion.”
Here's a feature the tour put together on Johnson on him when he returns to his home town- Jupiter, Florida
The HQ hopes he gets the help he needs...
1900 UPDATE: The tour is saying he is not suspended...
Executive vice president Ty Votaw says the leave is voluntary.
"With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour," Votaw said in a statement.