The PGA Tour’s anti-doping policy has claimed it’s third victim — but this time, the player never tested positive.
On Tuesday, Scott Stallings turned himself into the PGA Tour for taking an unapproved anabolic substance to help recover from fatigue. He has been suspended for 90 days.
“Whether I intended to or not, I took something that wasn’t allowed. I called a penalty on myself, that’s the best way to look at it,” Stallings told GolfChannel. “I did it immediately, so much so it took [the Tour official] by surprise.”
Stallings was prescribed DHEA by his doctor and said he took it for two months before realizing it was the PGA Tour’s list of banned substances.
“I’d been feeling like crap for two months, I have a 2-year-old son and I was sleeping as much as he was,” Stallings said.
Though Stallings never failed a drug test — even after being tested following this year’s Humana Challenge — he was still suspended since the Tour considers an admission of guilt to be the same as a positive test.
Stallings, a three-time winner on the PGA Tour, finished T-67 last week at the Greenbrier Classic.
His suspension begins immediately and will end on October 4, 2015. Stallings will be eligible to compete in the 2015-16 PGA Tour’s season-opening Frys.com Open once he returns.
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