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Golf Australia Express : August 2014
Paul McGinley said that the Tour’s policy of keeping everything hush-hush was “a very risky policy because now you’ve gone from controlling the situation to reacting to events as they happen, which is not where you want to be”. Johnson’s own coach Butch Harmon seemed to suggest that it was in Johnson’s own interests for the Tour to make his transgressions public. “One of the problems that the Tour has...is that if they do impose sanctions, they don’t tell anyone about it,” Harmon said on Sky Sports 4. “I think that’s not good either and the rumours will continue to go on.” John Daly last week reached out to Johnson, saying he would “love to help” him. When the one and only Daly is ready to guide you and offer a moral compass, maybe you should be considering getting some of the “professional help” you’re taking a break for. OTG • AUG 2014 — Takes a "leave of absence" from the PGA Tour that is, according to Golf.com, the result of a second positive test for cocaine. • 2012 — Sits out almost three months of the 2012 season with what he says is a back injury. Reports later suggest his absence is a result of a recreational drug ban for cocaine use. He is reportedly seen hitting balls regularly in Florida during his layoff. • 2009 — Sources allege Johnson failed a test for marijuana use while on Tour in 2009. The PGA Tour's drug testing policy does not require positive tests of 'non-performance enhancing drugs ' to be made public. • MAR 2009 — Arrested for drunk driving in South Carolina. Video footage from a police car shows Johnson failing a sobriety test dismally when he struggles to walk in a straight line. • 2001 — Johnson is involved in a burglary in which a person was murdered. According to court documents, the teenage prodigy bought bullets for the gun used in the murder after being pursuaded to by a friend's brother. Johnson was pardoned after testifying at the murder trial, while the shooter is serving a life sentence. the player DJ'S 'RAP' SHEET