After reading the recent article at Golf.com about how the PGA isn’t going to allow Doug Barron a chance to go to Q School after testing positive for testosterone and some beta-blockers, I started thinking about how drug testing on the PGA tour might not be as good of a thing they initially hoped. I mean look at this guy, he’s 40 years old, not a marquee player by any means and has a medical condition that required him to take these "banned" substances in order to lead a healthy life. While players can take banned substances if they are medically necessary, the Tour never granted Barron a therapeutic-use exemption (TUE) for either drug because Tour doctors said they didn’t see a need for the use of the drugs as his levels were found to be normal. Why is it that the PGA Tour can’t use some judgment in a case like this and say Ok, this guy isn’t abusing the policy for any type of gain.
I can see the need to protect the integrity of the game by not allowing players to gain unfair advantage through performance enhancing drugs, but this policy can’t exist in a vacuum. There has to be a way to analyze each individual situation and make a good determination based on the facts. It doesn’t sound like the PGA Tour is doing that in this particular case.