3 Aug 2014

PGA says Johnson not suspended

7:25 pm on 3 August 2014

The United States PGA Tour has released a statement explaining the golfer Dustin Johnson is not under official suspension for drug violations as claimed by Sports Illustrated.

In the statement the PGA says Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and has not been suspended.

Sports Illustrated, through a story on its website golf.com, claimed Johnson was suspended for six months after testing positive to cocaine.

The magazine says Johnson was suspended for the 2012 failed test, but that was kept quiet as the PGA Tour's drug-testing policy does not require disclosure of suspensions or any disciplinary action against players who test positive for recreational drugs.

The magazine says Johnson has now failed three drug tests, one for marijuana in 2009 and two for cocaine, in 2012 and 2014.

Johnson says he is taking a break from golf due to personal challenges.