Thursday July 3, 2008
BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- In the 237 times Charles Howell the third
has teed it up on the PGA Tour, he never had a round end like today
at the AT&T National. After signing for an even-par 70, he was
handed a pink slip.
Howell was among the first players chosen for testing under the
tour's Anti-Doping Program that went into effect this week. The golfer from Augusta, Georgia, left the scoring area at about 5:45 p-m and came back out to the putting green 40 minutes later. He was given a pink piece of paper showing that his sample was valid.
Howell said once he was sufficiently hydrated -- he had just
spent nearly five hours at Congressional in temperatures in the low
90s -- it took about eight minutes.
Davis Love III of Sea Island, Georgia, also was tested, and
Howell said Love had to go back downstairs to his locker to get his
identification. The tour does not disclose who gets tested,
although Howell figured he was not the first.
The National Center for Drug Free Sport, which administers the
anti-doping program, is to notify the tour's administrator when the
results have been analyzed. Howell said earlier in the week he was tested every year when he played at Oklahoma State and doesn't expect any surprises in golf.
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