Daly: Drug testing not random; Tour responds

By Rex HoggardMarch 11, 2015, 5:53 pm

Updated, 3:47 p.m.

PALM HARBOR, Fla. – On Tuesday during his SiriusXM radio show, John Daly called the PGA Tour’s drug testing program “a big joke.”

When he completed his pro-am round on Wednesday at the Valspar Championship the five-time Tour winner reiterated his claim that testing is not random, as the circuit says.

“I don’t mind taking a drug test at all, but when I’m out here on Thursday and Friday thinking I’m going to get drug tested holding my piss for two hours it affects your golf game,” he said.

Not having a true random program, Daly said, gives players who might be taking drugs that are banned by the anti-doping program a chance to circumvent the system.

“It’s not fair when a guy who might be doing something wrong that knows he has five or six weeks to do what he wants,” Daly said. “In the NFL, they know when they are getting drug tested, we don’t. If it’s random, than make it random.”

In a statement released on Wednesday, the Tour explained that testing is “both random and selective,” and that, “contrary to his assertions, John Daly has never been targeted for testing and his claim that players know when they will be tested is simply not true.”

Daly said he has been tested at the Valspar Championship five consecutive years and that he gets tested an average of six to nine times a year. To further make his point, Daly said he expects to be tested again later this summer at the Canadian Open and Reno-Tahoe Open because he does most years.

“Ninety-nine point nine percent of the guys pass drug tests anyway,” Daly said.

Daly’s frustration reached a boiling point last week at the Puerto Rico Open when he said he and a group of players were talking about the Tour’s testing policy and he said he expects to be fined by the Tour for his comments, which included particularly pointed criticisms of Tour commissioner Tim Finchem and Andy Pazder, the circuit’s executive vice president and chief of operations.

“I took one for the team,” said Daly, who added that he has passed every drug test he’s ever taken.

The Tour does not disclose fines or punishments stemming from violations of the anti-doping program involving recreational drugs. Violations of the program involving performance-enhancing drugs are made public.

While most players on Wednesday at Innisbrook said they believed the Tour’s testing to be random, Henrik Stenson said he could see why a player might think otherwise.

“Early in the spring it seems to be quite a lot,” said Stenson, who added he’s tested about three times a year on Tour. “The easiest thing would almost to do everyone early, middle and late and then you can have a couple random every now and then.”

Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.