3 of South Africa’s top 4 golfers fail drug tests

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Three of South Africa’s top four golfers have tested positive for alcohol, Golf24 reports.

Scott Gardiner, Haydn Porteous and Mo Willems, who are tied for third at the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, have each tested positive for alcohol consumption, Golf24’s source claims.

The trio were reportedly caught drinking before the tournament and then failed a random drugs test.

Scott Gardiner failed a drug test for alcohol and has not played since the Nedbank Golf Challenge on 21 November. https://t.co/uEMjwOPcG7 — Golf24 (@Golf24) November 29, 2018

According to the report, the third player to test positive was informed on Thursday that he’d failed the drugs test, and is now facing suspension from the sport.

Dana Fitting, the CEO of the South African PGA, denied that alcohol was the reason behind any of the players’ positive tests.

“This is not true. I’m not prepared to comment on players’ private lives at this point in time,” Fitting said to Golf24.

Scott Gardiner is ranked 122nd in the world. Kayle Hilsendager/ Getty Images North America/File

South African golfer Adriaan Dubois took to Twitter to put forward his own theory.

“Why was none of the beer & alcohol provided to the players?” Dubois commented on Twitter. “As before/after photos of most players’ social activities goes viral, I wanted to see where the beer comes from?”

Rose: I never needed drugs

Defending champion Justin Rose said on Thursday that he had used drugs “on two separate occasions,” but said he “wanted to dispel any misconception” that the drugs had stemmed from the South African Open in Johannesburg in 2017.

In a press conference in Sun City, Woodheck Kidwell, the national president of the Professional Golfers Association of South Africa, confirmed the PGA of South Africa had started an investigation.

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