The actions taken (or not taken) by the PGA Tour beckons to signal a lack of transparency in their handling of the affairs of players. We do not doubt the awesome abilities in the recent win by Dustin Johnson just 1 month on tour, but what’s lacking is the non-information on the 6 months that he’s off the tour.
If the PGA Tour needed any more convincing that its lack of transparency in meting out fines and suspensions was hurting its product, Dustin Johnson’s news conference after his victory Sunday at the World Golf Championships event at Doral was the clincher.
Johnson’s outclassing a quality field weeks before the Masters had the makings of a Hallmark Channel instant classic. With his brother on his bag and his fiancée, Paulina Gretzky, and their infant son in attendance, Johnson slew two demons: the Blue Monster and the Grey Goose.
Johnson has said that he abused alcohol and that he took a six-month leave from competition to work on personal issues. His break began last summer, when his game appeared stout, his world ranking was solid, and the FedEx Cup playoffs and the Ryder Cup loomed on the horizon.
Seldom do high-level athletes voluntarily step away from competition for an extended period when they are performing well. Did Johnson act on his own, or at someone else’s insistence? With rare exceptions, the PGA Tour does not announce suspensions for behavior detrimental to the game, unless performance-enhancing drugs are involved.
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Source: NY Times
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