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Robert Garrigus has been suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for after testing positive for marijuana. 

The tour announced that the 41-year-old, whose solitary win came at the Children’s Miracle Network Classic in 2010, had testing positive “for a substance identified as a drug of abuse”.

In a statement of his own, Garrigus, who hasn’t played since missing the cut at the Puerto Rico Open last month, confirmed that the substance in question was marijuana.

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Apologising to his family, sponsors, fellow players, the tour and fans, Garrigus – who has battled substance abuse problems previously – said that he planned to use the time away from golf to “be with my family and work on regaining my sobriety”.

“It doesn’t matter if you are one day, one week, or nine years clean; one misstep, one lapse in judgement can impact your life in monumental fashion,” he wrote. “As I have said over the years, I am grateful and inspired by those who have shared how my story has helped them gain a clean lifestyle. I hope this new chapter in my life will show people to never relax in their battle with addiction.”

Robert Garrigus


In a 2011 interview with Golf Digest, Garrigus admitted that during the 2002 season, he and several other golfers on the Tour smoked marijuana during events.

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“We always talked about it,” he said. “You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.”

In 2003, he entered a rehabilitation centre near San Diego to complete a 45-day substance abuse program.

Garrigus is currently 450th on the Official World Golf Rankings and has career earnings of $14,659,406 on the PGA Tour. 

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Michael McEwan is the Deputy Editor of bunkered and has been part of the team since 2004. In that time, he has interviewed almost every major figure within the sport, from Jack Nicklaus, to Rory McIlroy, to Donald Trump. The host of the multi award-winning bunkered Podcast and a member of Balfron Golfing Society, Michael is the author of three books and is the 2023 PPA Scotland 'Writer of the Year' and 'Columnist of the Year'. Dislikes white belts, yellow balls and iron headcovers. Likes being drawn out of the media ballot to play Augusta National.

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