The golf pundits are all agog with the news that the six major golf organizations (PGA Tour, European Tour, LPGA Tour, U.S. Golf Association, Royal & Ancient Golf Club, Augusta National Golf Club and the PGA of America) all have agreed to begin drug testing.
But it’s a non-story, really, because while the organizations have agreed to testing, the really important issues have yet to be resolved. By far the most contentious topics are sure to revolve around testing procedures and sanctions; and those are going to be left to each group. The PGA Tour will begin reviewing proposals at its November 12 meeting. Augusta National and the officials at the R&A apparently are going to wait and see what will be done by the others.
The real story of drug testing will be in the implementation. And we won’t know how that goes for some time.