Japanese tour to begin drug testing

Japan’s professional golf tour will begin testing players for
drugs after Australian golfer Wayne Perske was arrested for
suspected cocaine possession.

Japan golf tour president Tadashi Koizumi says tests for illegal
drugs such as marijuana and cocaine will begin at the Nov. 11-14
Taiheiyo Masters.

The 36-year-old Perske was allegedly carrying a packet
containing 1.25 grams of cocaine in his pocket at a bar in Chiba
prefecture on Friday and was later arrested.

In Japan, possession of banned drugs can carry a penalty of up
to seven years in prison.

Perske turned professional in 2000. He has played mostly in
Japan over the past decade, but has returned to Australia for brief
stints on the Australasian PGA Tour.