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Barron continues his legal challenge

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Doug Barron plans to continue his legal challenge of a one-year PGA Tour mandated suspension his lawyer told GolfChannel.com on Friday.

According to Art Horne, Barron’s Memphis-based attorney and manager, the embattled journeyman will continue his legal challenge of the suspension that was issued after his client tested positive for using beta blockers and testosterone last June while playing the St. Jude.

“We are moving forward with the case,” Horne wrote in an e-mail. “The PGA Tour has responded to our complaint and we are now entering the discovery phase of the case.”

Barron’s attempt to play Q-School last year ended on Nov. 16 when U.S. magistrate Tu Pham denied his request for a restraining order.

At the time, Richard Young, the Colorado-based attorney who argued the Tour’s side of the case and helped draft the circuit’s anti-doping policy, estimates it would be months, not weeks, before a challenge to the Tour-mandated suspension could be heard in court.

Ty Votaw, the Tour’s executive vice president of communications and international affairs, declined to comment on the ongoing legal challenge.