Is the PGA Tour's Drug Use Policy Correct?

Recently Scott Stallings was suspended from PGA Tour play for 3 months after taking an over the counter drug called DHEA which was suggested to him by his physician because Stallings was dealing with chronic fatigue. Stallings was on DHEA for 2 months although he did pass drug tests during that period. It wasn't until later at a players meeting he noticed the drug on a banned list and he proceeded to turn himself in. It took the PGA Tour over 2 months to come up with a decision/ruling on Stallings case and he ended up with a 3 month suspension, allowing him to return on October 7 to play again. Stallings was not exempt for the Open Championship this week but he was set to be in the field for the PGA Championship. This whole situation leads me to question the PGA Tour's policies. First and foremost, should a drug that is suggested to you by your physician to help aid you with health issues be banned no matter what? Did the drug help his performance? Yes, but that is only because he was suffering from imbalance in his health. A 3 month suspension for an over the counter drug your physician told you to take, that wasn't even detected during his PGA Tour Drug Testing? It seems like the penalty in this situation is really steep when the only reason the tour found out is because Stallings told them. I think the PGA Tour needs to take another look at their policies and make an adjustment. We aren't talking about a guy in perfect health trying to get an advantage or taking illegal drugs to get high. We are talking about a player who was suffering from extreme fatigue, went to the doctor and was suggested DHEA to help him to get healthy again so he can compete at the highest level possible. The PGA Tour has a broken system in place and they need to go back, take a look, and improve it so that situations like Scott's don't become an issue in the future.


Maxton Reinland
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