Professional golfer Dustin Johnson will miss the rest of the 2014 PGA season to seek professional help after testing positive for cocaine usage.
Johnson failed PGA drug test in 2009 and 2012, and this third strike came with a six-month suspension from the PGA tour. Johnson said on July 31 that he would be taking a break from golf
for an indefinitely amount of time while he deals with his personal problems – however, he is confident he will return in the future.
“By committing the time and resources necessary to improve my mental health, physical well-being and emotional foundation, I am confident that I will be better equipped to fulfill my potential and become a consistent champion,” he said. “I respectfully ask for privacy as I embark upon this mission of self-improvement.”
Johnson, 30, is ranked number 16 in the world of professional golfers. He had been expected to golf in the 2014 Ryder Cup, which pits an American golf team against European rivals. The tournament will take place in Scotland in September.
“We will certainly miss Dustin Johnson at Gleneagles, and we wish him the best,” said U.S. Ryder Cup Captain Tom Watson. “… He has clearly been an asset for the United States team.”