Questions and answers: Anti-Doping

In 2008, the PGA TOUR implemented an Anti-Doping Program for all players who participate in PGA TOUR and Tour events.

Below are the answers to the most frequently asked questions regarding the Anti-Doping Program.

Who is covered by the Anti-Doping Program?

The Anti-Doping Program (the “Program”) was developed in cooperation with the major world golf organizations to protect the integrity that is inherent in the sport of golf and to ensure the health and safety of all players. Currently PGA TOUR and Tour members are bound by the Program.  Additionally, any player who participates in a PGA TOUR or Tour co-sponsored, sanctioned, approved or coordinated tournament is bound by the Program.

What substances and methods are banned?

The PGA TOUR List of Prohibited Substances and Methods (the “List”), as amended by PGA TOUR from time to time, defines what is prohibited, whether in or out of tournament competition. Prohibited Substances and methods are classified by the following categories: Anabolic Agents; Peptide Hormones, Growth Factors and Related Substances; Hormone and Metabolic Modulators; Diuretics and Other Masking Agents; Drugs of Abuse; Stimulants; and Beta Blockers. The most current edition of the complete list can be found in Section 4 of the 2013 PGA TOUR Anti-Doping Manual.

 What other conduct violates the Program?

Other conduct may lead to the finding of a violation and sanctions under the Program, including the possession, use or attempted use of a prohibited substance or method; refusing or failing to be tested; tampering with a sample; trafficking in or administering any prohibited substance; or admitting to any conduct that violates the Program.

 Who conducts the testing and who will be tested?

The National Center for Drug Free Sport (“Drug Free Sport”) conducts the actual testing on behalf of the PGA TOUR. Drug Free Sport currently provides drug testing and/or education services for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NCAA and hundreds of colleges and universities.

The PGA TOUR and Drug Free Sport select who is tested and when the tests are conducted based on the approved International Standards for testing, and based on the TOUR’s overall objectives for the Program. Players may be selected for testing at any time or place, both inside and outside of tournament competition. All testing is without prior notice. The collection process is designed to ensure a confidential and expedient testing experience for the player.