PGA Tour to start blood testing in October

PGA Tour to start blood testing in October

The tour also is bringing its list of banned substances in line with the World Anti-Doping Association.

"It's such a small amount of blood that the sample that will be taken is about a spoonful, very little", said Jason Bohn, one of four player directors on the Tour's policy board.

In addition, blood testing will be part of the program, which will reveal use of human growth hormones. However the PGA Tour did state that urine testing will remain the predominant form of testing used.

Under the revised policy, the tour is adding to its banned list three categories of substances that WADA already prohibits - asthma medications, allergy and anti-inflammatory medications, and pseudoephedrine over a certain threshold.

The tour has had a Therapeutic Use Exemption (TUE) program, allowing players with medical conditions to use banned substances as prescribed by physicians and under the advisement of the TUE committee.

In another major move, any player violations, whether for PEDs or recreational drugs, will also be reported publicly with the start of the new season.

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Currently, violations for drugs of abuse are handled under the PGA TOUR Tournament Regulations as Conduct Unbecoming a Professional.

"While we are extremely pleased with the implementation and results of the PGA Tour anti-doping programme to date, we believe that these changes to our programme are prudent in that they
further our objectives of protecting the well-being of our members and better substantiate the integrity of golf as a clean sport", he said in a
statement.

Starting next season, the PGA Tour will implement significant changes to its anti-doping procedure.

Previously, only those who had been suspended for using performance-enhancing drugs were named.

The changes, which follow golf's return to the Olympics previous year after more than a century, were also welcomed by Russell Knox. He said tour officials saw how the blood testing was administered and whether the actual testing affected performance.

In perhaps the most notable change, the Tour is moving away from its current policy of keeping certain player suspensions confidential.

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