Back 9 Report Tackled PGA Tour versus Olympic Drug Testing Policies

By Fred Altvater on Friday, January 30th 2015
Back 9 Report Tackled PGA Tour versus Olympic Drug Testing Policies

The Back 9 Report discussed the upcoming issue of the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) full-disclosure of drug testing results versus the PGA Tour’s non-disclosure policy.

The PGA Tour is owned by the tour members and has maintained a strict policy of not disclosing disclipinary actions taken against fellow tour players. Golf prides itself on being a gentlemen’s game and assessing each individual’s own penalties.

That, however, does not stop the tour from hiring professional rules officials to assure conduct on the golf course is fair to all contestants. Penalties are blown up on television screens and recorded in super slow motion for every golf fan and announcer to dissect.

The tour takes a completely different tack in its durg enforcement policy. Random drug tests are required from every player and are unannounced, but that is the only similarity with the IOC’s aggressive and public drug testing policy.

The IOC uses an indepenent third-party testing agency, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), to conduct its testing and all results are released for public consumption.

The IOC tests early and often. Olympic competitors are even required to provide a daily schedule to WADA and testing can be requested at any time. Many athletes, who have used illegal substances, are exposed before they ever reach the Olympic site.

Ron Green Jr. of Global Golf Post weighed in with his take on this issue and advised that he does not see the PGA Tour policy changing any time soon.

The IOC drug testing policies will only affect a handful of Olympic golf hopefuls, but it may expose more serious problems in the golf world than has previously been revealed.

The full discussion can be heard on the January 27, 2015 Back 9 Report and can be downloaded at:

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