Pro golfer Robert Garrigus posted a message on Twitter on Friday, admitting that he failed a drug test for marijuana and that he has been suspended by the PGA Tour.
The Tour on Friday said Garrigus “violated the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Program by testing positive for a substance identified as a drug of abuse. In accordance with the PGA Tour Conduct Policy, he has been suspended for a period of three months.”
Garrigus, 41, becomes the first PGA Tour player suspended for using a “drug of abuse.” That would presumably make Garrigus eligible to return at the Rocket Mortgage Classic, June 27-30, in Detroit.
Garrigus, who lives in Phoenix, has appeared in seven PGA Tour events this year. He missed the cut in five of them. His most recent cut made was a T-64 at the Genesis Open in February.
He has one career PGA Tour victory: The 2010 Children’s Miracle Network Classic in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. He has earned $14.7 million in his professional career.
In his message, Garrigus made an apology and offered an explanation.
“After a long period of sobriety, I had a relapse and subsequently failed a drug test for marijuana. A drug, that although legal in many states, is not permitted under the PGA Tour’s anti-doping rules.”
Garrigus added he doesn’t use the drug’s legality in some places as an excuse.
“I mention that it is legal in many states not as an excuse, but as a word of warning to many people who use or try marijuana. Legal doesn’t mean it isn’t addictive and legal doesn’t mean there aren’t potentially severe consequences if you use it.”
This is my statement regarding my suspension by the PGA TOUR. pic.twitter.com/isatq7c9Mx
— Robert Garrigus (@garrigus_robert) March 22, 2019
Image: Robert Garrigus said he had a relapse after a long period of sobriety.