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Golf hit by first ever doping case- 3 Nov 2009 00:00:00

Doug Barron has become the first golfer on the US PGA Tour to be banned for taking a performance-enhancing drug.

The American, who has only played one PGA Tour event this year, has been suspended for one year after testing positive for an unnamed substance.

Drug testing on the PGA and European Tours only began in July 2008.

The 40-year-old, who turned professional in 1992, has played eight full seasons on the PGA Tour, most recently in 2006.

Since then, he has competed mainly on the satellite Nationwide Tour, failing to make the cut in any of his outings this season.

Golf finally bowed to calls from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) to introduce a testing procedure last year.

The PGA Tour will not reveal details of a doping case until any appeals process is complete.

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