In 2019 Robert Garrigus and Matt Every failed PGA Tour drug tests and as Rex Hoggard notes, the views are mixed, with an amazing amount of social media hostility toward the PGA Tour. Even though, as PGA Tour Commissioner Jay Monahan reiterated in Japan during this week’s Zozo Championship, this is not a Tour policy:
On Wednesday at the Zozo Championship, Tour commissioner Jay Monahan was asked about the policy.
“Ultimately, we don't determine what is a banned substance and what's not, we rely on WADA for doing that,” Monahan said. “We'll continue to stay very close not only to that substance but any potential substance that would come on or come off the list.”
Granted, this is a sport that has seen major changes to courses to accomodate distance gains and where huge numbers of seemingly bright people convinced themselves that athleticism was the sole cause. So maybe golfers aren’t the best a self reflection, or maybe marijuana really isn’t performance enhancing.
At some point the PGA Tour may have to study the matter and consider breaking from WADA if society continues to embrace marijuana and golfers insist it’s not performance enhancing. But for now, with only a Garrigus and an Every as the poster children, and golf’s Olympic-eligibility tied to WADA rules, I wouldn’t count on any change in policy.