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Dustin Johnson’s Struggles Rare But Hardly New to PGA

Dustin Johnson’s Struggles Rare But Hardly New to PGA

Dustin Johnson’s Struggles Rare But Hardly New to PGA

A little over a month ago, one of the superstars on the PGA Tour as well as TaylorMade Golf and Adidas top sponsors Dustin Johnson stepped away from the game of golf to focus on his personal life. In actuality, the move was a preemptive effort to jump the gun on all of the negative press that was bound to flood the gates, which of course did.

The PGA Tour has denied reports that it suspended Johnson for six months. However, the Tour has not refuted claims that Johnson recently failed his third drug test since 2009, the latest allegedly with a positive result for cocaine.

“With regard to media reports that Dustin Johnson has been suspended by the PGA Tour, this is to clarify that Mr. Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and is not under a suspension from the PGA Tour,” Ty Votaw, PGA Tour vice president, told the media after news outlets reported the test failures and a PGA suspension. 

The news of Johnson’s failed test is one of a few of missteps that PGA players have endured throughout the history of the Tour. The game of golf in itself is one of honor, integrity and rectitude with a special place for the historical figures that came before our time.

The game and its players are known to carry themselves highly both on the course and off, and have naturally been well behaved and well mannered. But Johnson is just another reason why not everybody can conform to golf’s serenity.

Johnson stepping down is the latest in PGA Tour stars to leave due to personal reasons but he certainly hasn’t been the first.

Dustin Johnson

Dustin Johnson

Everyone remembers when Tiger Woods got into an argument with his wife about a potential affair. On that Thanksgiving night, Woods drove off in his Cadillac Escalade only to crash into a tree not far from his house. The trauma didn’t stop there when, similar to Johnson’s current situation, the initial accident was only the first report of Woods’ many infidelities with various women, who came out on the issue. 

John Daly was the Tour’s ‘bad boy’ of the 1990’s and 2000’s, affirming in his autobiography My Life In And Out Of The Rough many of the bad habits that affected his professional career on tour. Whether it was drinking, drugs or gambling, Daly always found himself in the middle of trouble.

Then there’s Anthony Kim. Once regarded as the new hotshot on tour, Kim fell to the bottom just about as fast as he rose to the top.

It was an achilles tear that hurt him to begin with as well as elbow tendinitis but Kim’s partying ways also got the best of him. Earlier this year in April, Golf Channel reported that Kim was no longer playing golf, even recreationally.

Some of golf’s brightest stars have been hurt by their past ways and habits off the course. But golf is also a sport where no man is left behind. Johnson, 30, is still young enough to recognize his ways and right the wrong before it gets any worse.

Some of the stories told through time of troubled players on tour have struggled to regain their glory.

However, with as much swagger and confidence Johnson exudes, there’s no reason to think he can steer clear of any further wrongdoings moving forward. He’ll need some help, though, which is good that he take a break from the professional game.


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