PALM HARBOR, Fla. — Robert Garrigus grew to become 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 the 41-year-old 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 record underneath the PGA Tour’s anti-doping coverage.
Garrigus 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 vary the remainder of my life.”
He made it to the PGA Tour in 2006 and had his most constant yr 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 yr.
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 an extended 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 doesn’t meant it isn’t addictive and authorized doesn’t imply there aren’t doubtlessly extreme penalties in the event 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 doesn’t matter in case you are someday, one week or 9 years clear; one misstep, one lapse in judgment can influence your life in monumental style.
“I hope this new chapter in my life will now present individuals to by no means loosen up of their battle with habit.”
Garrigus, who’s married with two sons, completed 131st within the FedEx Cup final yr and was enjoying this yr on conditional standing. He has performed 4 instances this yr, lacking the minimize in three of them and tying for 64th within the Genesis Open. He final performed a month in the past within the Puerto Rico Open.