PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Robert Garrigus turned the primary PGA Tour participant suspended for a drug of abuse, saying on Twitter that he had a relapse with marijuana.
The tour introduced Friday that Garrigus, whose solely PGA Tour victory was at Disney on the finish of the 2010 season, has been suspended for 3 months underneath the conduct coverage that applies to substances of abuse.
Whereas marijuana is authorized in some states, it’s on the banned substance listing underneath the PGA Tour’s anti-doping coverage.
Garrigus, 41, has spoken overtly about his historical past of addictions, which started earlier than he reached the PGA Tour. He checked himself right into a 30-day program at Calvary Ranch close to San Diego in 2003 and mentioned, “I spent 30 days to alter the remainder of my life.”
He made it to the PGA Tour in 2006 and had his most constant 12 months in 2012, when he had 4 runner-up finishes, made it to the Tour Championship for the one time and cracked the highest 40 on the earth rating by the tip of the 12 months.
In his Twitter message, Garrigus apologized to his household, followers and sponsors and mentioned he hopes he could make it as much as them.
“After a protracted interval of sobriety, I had a relapse and subsequently failed a drug take a look at for marijuana,” Garrigus mentioned.
He says he identified that marijuana is authorized in lots of states to not make an excuse, however as a warning.
“Authorized does not meant it is not addictive and authorized does not imply there aren’t probably extreme penalties should you use it,” he mentioned. “I’ll use this time away from golf to be with my household and work on regaining my sobriety. It does not matter if you’re in the future, one week or 9 years clear; one misstep, one lapse in judgment can impression your life in monumental trend.
“I hope this new chapter in my life will now present folks to by no means calm down of their battle with dependancy.”
Garrigus, who’s married with two sons, completed 131st within the FedEx Cup final 12 months and was enjoying this 12 months on conditional standing. He has performed 4 occasions this 12 months, lacking the reduce in thrice and tying for 64th within the Genesis Open. He final performed a month in the past within the Puerto Rico Open.