1 Oct 2010

Barron back from drugs ban

4:14 pm on 1 October 2010

The American golfer Doug Barron, the first US PGA Tour player suspended for doping, has ended his one-year ban after being given a therapeutic use exemption for testosterone.

Barron was suspended last November after testing positive for anabolic steroid testosterone and propranolol, a beta-blocker to settle his nerves, at the St. Jude Classic in Memphis in June of 2009.

Barron said he used the drugs under a doctor's supervision and for health issues and submitted new information to tour officials that enabled him to meet the criteria for a therapeutic use exemption, which he had not previously.

Barron, who has had only one PGA start in four years, became the first player caught by a PGA anti-doping test program that began in 2008.