PGA to begin testing athletes for steroids

By Andy Selby

Steroids in golf? Yeah right! Well, you better believe it after golf legend Gary Player recently reported that several professionals were using performance enhancing drugs on a regular basis.

Those comments spurred the PGA to begin drug testing as early as this coming spring. University golfer Clayton Parkhill believes that drug testing at the professional level makes sense, especially if he already has to be tested.

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“It’s always been something tested at the collegiate level, so it almost just makes sense to start doing it at the professional level,” said Parkhill.

With the sport evolving into more of a power game, the temptations to dope are constantly there. The NCAA has banned up to 150 substances for athletes ranging anywhere from opium to steroids.

Parkhill thinks that testing at the college level has steered most golfers away from doping and the only reason they test is to keep pace with football and baseball.

“There might the occassional case where a golfer tries to use some illegal substance, but its really not that big of an issue,” Parkhill said. “And I think its more of an equality thing at the collegiate level.”

Parkhill is a firm supporter of the drug testing and says that the by testing at this early stage, saying that most professional and college golfers will keep the sport clean.