PGA Tour professional Dustin Johnson will be taking a "leave of absence" from the pro circuit as a part of a six-month suspension levied by the Tour today. The suspension is the result of a failed drug test—the third of Johnson's career, and his second for cocaine usage. In 2009, Johnson tested positive for marijuana. In 2012, the drug was cocaine. Now, it appears the white pony got the best of him once again. Amazingly, this is Johnson's first suspension from the PGA. Apparently, their policies are much more lenient than the NFL's. Or, really, any professional organization.
A statement released from Johnson clarified his commitment to the game and his "mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation". As Golf.com points out, this suspension was perhaps a long time coming. They note, "Johnson’s conduct has long been a topic of conversation among close observers of the Tour. He is often seen in bars near his home in Jupiter, Fla., and is also known to have had a sexual indiscretion with at least one wife of a PGA Tour player."
Wow. When you factor in Johnson's engagement to Paulina Gretzky, we may have a serious contender for the Tour's Most Interesting Man in the World. On Twitter, various people expressed their condemnation, surprise, and support for Johnson.
Good luck, Dustin. We hope to see you on the Tour again soon.