Bhavik Patel suspended one year
By Torleif Sorenson on 1/15/15
Bhavik Patel is a native of Bakersfield, California and turned professional in 2012 after attending nearby Fresno State University.
He is in the news because he has been suspended for one year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy. Patek made the following comments in a statement released by the Tour and quoted by the Associated Press:
"In an effort to overcome an injury, I made a lapse of judgment. I regret my decision but have learned from the experience and look forward to returning to competition."Patel's suspension is retroactive to October 7.
What is noteworthy about this story is not so much Patel's suspension, but the fact that the PGA Tour actually released the statement to the press at all. Commissioner Tim Finchem has taken a "hear no evil, speak no evil" approach to suspensions and has continued to deny that PGA Tour player Dustin Johnson was suspended (again) after testing positive for cocaine.
Of course, maintaining the Tour's "hear no evil, speak no evil" approach, the PGA Tour staff have spiked the story on their own web site.
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The PGA Tour announced the suspension? That would seem to indicate they have changed their policy, which is overdue but a good thing.
They chose to make an example out of Bhavik Patel, not Dustin Johnson?
Well, it has never been confirmed that Dustin Johnson was suspended. Also, if they changed the policy as of 1/1/2015 (or when the "New" season started), then DJ was prior to the change. Or, when given the choice of a leave of absence or suspension, Mr. Patel has more stones than DJ and told them, "I screwed up, suspend me and let's not play games with voluntarily taking a leave. I'll take my medicine." I give Bhavik some credit for just saying he made a mistake rather than trying to weasel out of it by claiming he was taking a prescribed drug, didn't know, blah blah blah.
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