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LPGA announces banned drug list

The Ladies pro golf plans to commence drug testing in 2008.

The LPGA Tour released the list of substances it will ban when it begins drug testing next year.

The tour said yesterday that it will test for 33 anabolic steroids, 29 stimulants and 20 beta-blockers, among other substances. The list is not as comprehensive as the World Anti-Doping Agency’s prohibited list, but LPGA Tour general counsel Jill Pilgrim said the tour wanted to target drugs that would enhance golf performance.

“The easiest thing would have been to just go ahead and take the WADA list of prohibited substances that the Olympics use,” Pilgrim said. “We thought about that and decided that in golf in general, and women’s golf in particular, there’s no sense that there’s a problem per se.”

The tour will not test for human growth hormone, which is on WADA’s banned list and has become the latest drug of choice among athletes in other sports. Pilgrim said the tour did not ban HGH because “we don’t have any evidence that HGH is a problem in women’s professional golf.”

There were no bald and or bulging, women golfers the last time I went to an LPGA event.

I’m sure there have been some LPGA players who have used drugs to get an edge. Why should pro golf be any different than other sports.

Cristie Kerr can now breathe a sigh of relief. Her glass of merlot is safe.

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