Report: D. Johnson banned for cocaine use

Updated: August 1, 2014, 2:35 PM ET

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The PGA Tour has suspended Dustin Johnson for six months after he tested positive for cocaine, according to a report on Golf.com.

Dustin Johnson

Stephen Dunn/Getty ImagesOn Thursday, Dustin Johnson said he was taking a leave from competition to “seek professional help for personal challenges” he has faced.

Citing a source, Golf.com reported that Johnson has failed three drug tests — two for cocaine (in 2014 and 2012) and one for marijuana (2009).

Johnson was suspended for the 2012 failed test, Golf.com reported, but that suspension was never made public. Under its guidelines, the PGA Tour is not required to announce any disciplinary actions against players who test positive for recreational drugs.

Johnson announced Thursday that he was taking a leave of absence from competition, effective immediately, for “personal challenges.”

“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.”


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