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Finchem Says No to Drug Problems in Golf

PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem made a statement this week from Melbourne, Australia, concerning the recent talk of drug use among professional golfers.
Finchem stated that he has seen no evidence that could warrant any kind of a drug code for players to be tested against.
This news comes as a response to charges brought up most recently by Austalian golfer Craig Parry, when he stated on a nationally broadcasted radio show that he knew of several golfers who had won major championships in recent times while being on the drug beta-blockers.
Beta-blockers are a prescription drug most commonly used to suppress high blood pressure. The have a generalized calming effect on the user, and many have stated that this calming effect could be used as advantageous in tournament play.
Finchem responded, however, saying that any professional golfer who has used the drug for medical reasons has claimed that it actually hinders golfing performance, causing slow and lazy reactions to situations on the course.
Apparently, though, the Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St. Andrews may have a different opinion. It has been rumored that they are in the process of developing a random drug test of their players, which could begin as early as this year. No formal statements have been released however.