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Drug arrest spurs stronger testing on Japan Tour

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In response to the arrest of Australian golfer Wayne Perske, Japan's professional golf tour has announced that it will begin testing players for drugs.

Perske was arrested last week for allegedly carrying a packet containing 1.25 grams of cocaine at a bar in Japan's Chiba prefecture. He faces up to seven years in prison. A ten-year pro, he has spent most of his playing time in Japan

Long before that, however, the Japanese tour will begin testing its players for illegal substances such as cocaine and marijuana, starting at the mid-November Taiheiyo Masters.

Certainly, golf has had a few stories of drug use and abuse, and if you expand the definition of mind-altering substances to include alcohol, there are plenty of well-known names who come under the spotlight. But for the most part, the game has avoided the drug problems that have infested most other pro sports. Clearly, though, golf fans and officials can't pretend it can't happen here.

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