4 athletes cited for doping in documents published by AP

Four players from the United States have failed doping tests in the past two years and now face a possible suspension, according to documents obtained by The Associated Press.

Wegmans-tied Justin Rose and three former U.S. Presidents Club winners at this year’s tournament at Congressional were among those cited in the documents that refer to three doping cases by South African officials and public broadcaster ETV.

Guinea-Bissau-born Gurvir Singh Sandhu tested positive for cocaine in May 2013 and had his card taken from the South African Open the following year.

The documents name four golfers from the US LPGA Tour, which is not part of the International Golf Federation.

LPGA Player Registration Official Brittany Hillman was cited for suspected doping and had her card taken in October 2013 for the Fiji International.

Venezuelan Jairo Lezo Ortiz tested positive for cannabis, meth amphetamine and other drugs at the South African Open last year. ETV gave no details on the case.

The documents did not say whether Sandhu or Ortiz were found to have intentionally cheated.

South African officials initially did not release the names of those accused, and the US LPGA Tour or its Players Association could not immediately be reached for comment.

Mickey Castle of the European Tour said in an email to the AP that the names given in the documents were “valid” and would be provided to the players concerned.

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