This is the PGA TOUR’s statement in its entirety: “The PGA TOUR announced today that Scott Stallings has violated the PGA TOUR Anti Doping Policy’s ban on the use of performance-enhancing substances and has been suspended for three months”.
“Mr. Stallings self-reported this information after discovering that a supplement that he was taking was on the prohibited list”, the tour said in a statement. I take responsibility and accept the penalty imposed by the PGA TOUR.
“I regret my inadvertent mistake in not doing my homework to know for sure what was on the list of permitted and non-permitted substances”, Stallings said. He lost in a three-way playoff in this year’s Farmers Insurance Open in San Diego and finished tied for 67 at last week’s Greenbrier Classic.
It is fitting that a golfer would self report his own PED suspension.
Stallings’ suspension – which will not include any other sanctions or fines – will end on October 4, a day before Patel’s one-year ban concludes, and will make him eligible to play the 2015-16 season-opening Frys.com Open (Oct. 15-18).
Under its policy, the tour is required only to confirm the suspension and for how long.
In January, Bhavik Patel on the Web.com Tour was suspended for taking a banned substance. The 30-year-old has won three times, most recently at Torrey Pines in 2014.
“I’d been feeling like crap for two months, I have a 2-year-old son and I was sleeping as much as he was”, Stallings said.
He missed the cut at Phoenix and was 66th at Riviera around his Torrey Pines title defense.