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Japan Golf Tour to begin drug testing

TOKYO – Japan’s professional golf tour will begin testing players for drugs after Australian golfer Wayne Perske was arrested for suspected cocaine possession.

Japan Golf Tour president Tadashi Koizumi says tests for illegal drugs such as marijuana and cocaine will begin at the Nov. 11-14 Taiheiyo Masters.

The 36-year-old Perske was allegedly carrying a packet containing 1.25 grams of cocaine in his pocket at a bar in Chiba prefecture on Friday and was later arrested.

In Japan, possession of banned drugs can carry a penalty of up to seven years in prison.

Perske turned professional in 2000. He has played mostly in Japan over the past decade, but has returned to Australia for brief stints on the Australasian PGA Tour.