Well, they caught a really big fish. Doug Barren has never been a household name until now. He’s the first caught for use of performance enhancing drugs but I’ll bet there have been a few recreational drug users recognized during last year’s drug testing. Professional golfers are a reflection of society, there’s a few boys out here partaking of a few vices, it’s not that big of a deal though.

You really don’t hear anyone talking about the drug testing, and I can’t remember seeing the doctor waiting for anyone with a jar after a round. It’s such a non-issue out here, why worry. The drug testing policy was implemented after Tiger went under the knife and was out for the next eight months. He avoided the initial barrage of specimen jars but only the conspiracy theorists think the PGA Tour purposely designed it that way.

Our baseball heroes have been stained with performance enhancing drugs why should golf be any different? Peter Ueberroth explained to us at Pebble Beach a few years ago that steroids have a negative effect on our fast twitch muscles so the majority of professional golfers wouldn’t benefit from their use. Only those golfers who work out extensively would benefit from performance enhancing drugs, reducing their recuperation time after exercising. Most of the golfers are only working on their core muscles and flexibility, they don’t need to bulk up, or recuperate quickly.

Annika  Sorenstam retired from the LPGA just as the drug testing was implemented. There are a lot of LPGA players questioning the timing of her departure, not just the conspiracy theorists. The topic pops quite a bit. Why did she leave in her prime? What’s with the acne in her thirties? Ever compare pictures of Annika five years ago with today? These are some questions you hear floating around during a practice round, but who’s to say, there is no proof.

I look around the practice tee and putting green trying to imagine who might be indulging in an HGH cocktail. There are a lot of cocktails consumed out here but not that type. A couple of beers after the round and some wine for dinner, that’s about it for the majority. Performance enhancing drugs just don’t seem to fit out here.

Hopefully the PGA Tour’s soft drug testing policy will clear things up. At least it will give the appearance of an effort and the golf fans will be satisfied their sport is clean and pure. Nothing is lily white these days except a new golf ball and guys will always try to gain an advantage without cheating. Golfers will stretch the rules to the limits but 99.9% won’t cheat. Like gambling in baseball, cheating in golf is the worst thing you can do. You can be called anything in golf except a cheater, and now performance enhancing drugs are just as bad as rolling the ball in the rough.

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