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.