"The Model Prohibited Substance and Methods List"

Catchy, wouldn't you say?

Not much to glean from the statement, which was sent out by the R&A and PGA Tour. The USGA's version is still awaiting approval from legal.


Leading Golf Organizations Come Together to Develop Anti-Doping Policy for Golf

St.  Augustine,  Florida  – The major governing organizations in golf today announced  that  they have agreed in principle to an anti-doping policy for professional  golf  on  a  global  basis  that  will be accomplished in two phases.

The  first  phase  of the policy, which has been completed, encompasses the development  of  The  Model Prohibited Substance and Methods List discussed later in this statement, a copy of which is attached.

The  second phase of the Policy, which is anticipated to be completed prior to  the  end  of  this  year,  will  include  general standards for all the fundamental  elements of an anti-doping program for golf organizations that become  signatories  to  the  Policy,  while providing flexibility for such signatories  to  develop  specific  policies  and  procedures  necessary or appropriate  for  their  organizations.   Such standards will encompass the Model  Prohibited  Substance  and  Methods  List, as well as medical waiver procedures, testing protocols, results management, penalties, sanctions and reciprocity of outcomes.

Leading  golf  organizations  who  have  lent their support, leadership and cooperation  for  the  development  of  the  Policy  as  a  result of their representation  on  the Board of Directors of the World Golf Foundation and who will, subject to approval by their governing boards, become signatories to the Policy include:

      Augusta National Golf Club
      European Tour
      Ladies Professional Golf Association
      PGA of America
      PGA TOUR
      The R&A for The Open Championship
      United  States  Golf  Association for the U.S. Open, the U.S. Women’s Open and the U.S. Senior Open

Other  leading  golf organizations who have agreed to become signatories to
the Policy include:

      Asian Tour
      Australasian Tour
      Canadian Tour
      Japan Professional Golf Tour
      Sunshine Tour
      Tour de Las Americas

The  Model Prohibited Substance and Methods List (modified as necessary for individual  golf  organizations)  will  be incorporated into the respective tournament  regulations of a number of signatories to the policy, effective in  2008.   Player education and outreach on the Model Prohibited Substance and  Methods  List  is  ongoing and will be given increased emphasis by the signatories of the Policy moving forward.

An Anti-Doping office of the World Golf Foundation will be created in 2008, and  will,  among  duties,  coordinate  and  share  information  with  golf organizations with respect to medical waiver procedures and therapeutic use exemptions  under  the  Policy.   Disciplinary procedures and penalties for violations  of  the  Policy  will  be  controlled  and  administered by the signatories  to  the Policy, and disclosed to other signatory organizations for  consistency and coordination purposes.  Testing protocols will also be within  the  purview  of the individual signatory organizations and will be developed  and approved by each organization on an individual basis.  It is anticipated  that  signatories  who  will  be testing under the Policy will commence and activate their testing programs in 2008.