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Among the litany of unanswered questions in the wake of Monday’s announcement that Doug Barron had become the first PGA Tour player to violate the circuit’s performance-enhancing drug policy, was what’s next for the 40-year-old journeyman?

Barron is not eligible to play a PGA Tour or Nationwide Tour event until Nov. 2, 2010, and he has few, if any, playing options. There is an agreement among the International Federation of PGA Tour member circuits to honor all anti-doping sanctions.

That means Barron can’t play the European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA Tour of Australiasia, Asian Tour, Sunshine (Southern Africa) Tour, Canadian (associate member) Tour or Tour de las Americas (associate member).

Nor would Barron have many options to play the few remaining mini-tours. Officials at the NGA/Hooters Tour said that circuit would also honor the one-year ban, while Gateway Tour officials said they would likely allow Barron to play next year if he asked.