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Golf Australia Express : August 2014
D USTIN Johnson kept up the façade for a remarkably long time. Or, more accurately, the façade was lovingly tended for him, as revelations he has reportedly failed three drug tests on the PGA Tour would tend to suggest. One of the Tour’s most sublimely gifted players, Johnson has marched to his own beat for the vast majority of his career. While amassing a fortune as a result of his consistently solid — but not major-winning — results, Johnson has been doing almost as he pleases, if the talk around his “leave of absence” rings true. It seems the 30-year-old South Carolinian well and truly earned his reputation as a hard-partying playboy with way too much money and next to no responsibility. According to Golf.com, Johnson has twice previously failed drug tests. First for marijuana use in 2009 and then cocaine in 2012, for which the Tour is understood to have suspended him but allowed him to pass it off as a back injury. It’s also, apparently, a barely kept secret that he’s had an affair with the wife of another PGA Tour player. As with so many athletes of his ilk, the talent and its selling power have made it easy to look the other way. When you’re one of the biggest hitters on Tour and almost every company is desperate to extoll its products’ distance capabilities, what’s a little adultery and a bit of chemically- enhanced fun on the side? But this week, DJ's latest track finally caused his record to skip. A second alleged cocaine violation came as little surprise to anyone with knowledge of the American’s lifestyle. It’s been a long time coming, but it’s not a long bow to suggest that no one dug too deeply while he continued posting big results. He won the season- opening HSBC Champions late last year, and has six more top 10 finishes from his 17 events in 2014. He sits fifth in the FedEx Cup standings and has already amassed $4.25 million in prizemoney to complement whatever TaylorMade, HE’S WELL AND TRULY EARNED HIS REPUTATION AS A HARD-PARTYING PLAYBOY WITH WAY TOO MUCH MONEY AND NEXT TO NO RESPONSIBILITY. the player