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Snedeker sees Tour's drug testing as 'waste of time'

Brandt Snedeker
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KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA - OCTOBER 24: Hideki Matsuyama of Japan reacts on the 18th hole during round one of the CIMB Classic at Kuala Lumpur Golf & Country Club on October 24, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. (Photo by Stanley Chou/Getty Images)  - 

Instituted in 2008, the PGA Tour's drug-testing policy came under fire earlier this year when Vijay Singh's admitted use of deer-antler spray created a controversy that spanned much of the 2013 season.

According to former FedEx Cup champion Brandt Snedeker, the Tour's efforts to monitor performance-enhancing drug use among players are misguided.

'I would do away with drug testing in a heartbeat,' Snedeker explained in a wide-ranging interview with Golf Magazine. 'It's a complete waste of time and money. Plus, I don't know if steroids are really going to help you hit a golf ball.'

Since its inception more than five years ago, the Tour's drug policy has brought only two violators under scrutiny, with journeyman Doug Barron receiving a year-long suspension for increased testosterone levels before Singh's deer-antler spray use was made known in January. According to Snedeker, the self-policing nature of his fellow professionals serves as a significant deterrent.  

'I don't think it's ever been a problem in golf. I don't think it ever will be a problem in golf,' he added. 'The PGA Tour is different from football and every other sport in that we call penalties on ourselves. The worst thing you can be called in golf is a cheater.'

A two-time winner on Tour in 2013, Snedeker explained that players are well aware of those who run afoul of the Tour's bylaws, whether drug-related or otherwise.

'If there's a guy that gets caught doing anything a couple times, whether it be bending a rule, we know about it, and we let him know about it,' said Snedeker. 'Trust me, you don't want to be that guy. Life is no fun for you out there. It's a pretty lonely place.'