D.J. To Receive $175K Bonus: Reports
By Torleif Sorenson on 9/9/14
Several media reports say that Dustin Johnson, who has not played on the PGA Tour since July, still will receive a FedEx Cup bonus because he has only sunk to 30th on the points list. Rex Hoggard of Golf Channel reports that Johnson's bonus will be $175,000.

Late in July, Johnson announced that he was "taking a leave of absence" because of "personal challenges."

Just a few hours after that, Golf Magazine reported that Johnson had actually been suspended for testing positive cocaine use — and that it was not his first positive drug test. An avalanche of other reports painted a picture of an ugly, out-of-control lifestyle involving cocaine and at least one affair with the wife of an as-yet-unnamed PGA Tour star.

Johnson has not played on the PGA Tour since July, when he finished T-12 at the Open Championship and the missed the cut at the Canadian Open. His temporary withdrawal from golf has included missing the PGA Championship, pulling out of consideration for the U.S. Ryder Cup team, and missing the entire series of PGA Tour playoff tournaments.

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jasonfish11 says:
His bonus want measured in kilos?
jasonfish11 says:
Damn phone. Wasn't is a word don't auto correct to want.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Jason, I feel your pain. Every time I try to text the name of almost any NHL player, my smartphone's auto-correct vomits all over it. As a direct result, I've had to forcibly add the names of Alexei Ponikarovsky, Anže Kopitar, and Mikko Koivu into my phone's dictionary.
legitimatebeef says:
Looks like the PGAT's blind eye policies are now biting them in the buttocks. And why not. Fortunately for them in 2014, nobody really cares.
jfurr says:
Somebody show me where the official statement of him being actually suspended and why.

One Golf.com article citing a unknown source and people run with it like it is the truth.
Torleif Sorenson says:
Golf Magazine went with their report after checking with *several* sources inside and outside the Tour. And too many people all over the golf industry and in sport media have made claims and/or comments vouching for the veracity of a secret suspension. This also happened the first time in 2012, when Johnson was off the tour for at least two months.

NOBODY outside the PGA Tour has *ever* presented any credible evidence that a suspension was not handed down.
jasonfish11 says:
I'm pretty sure he wasn't suspended. I'm guessing what happened is he tested positive for something (again). Then Tim Finchem sat him down and told him that he can either take a "voluntary leave of absence" or the tour can publically suspend him.
srogers13 says:
Resign or be prosecuted.
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