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Barron fails in his bid to lift dope ban

A FEDERAL judge on Monday denied American golfer Doug Barron's request to lift a 12-month ban for a doping violation, saying it would be unfair on other golfers trying to qualify for next year's events.

Barron, a 40-year-old journeyman on the US PGA and Nationwide tours, gained unwanted fame when he became the first golfer banned for using performance-enhancing drugs earlier this month. The PGA Tour suspended Barron for a year, but did not name the drug.

The American had filed a lawsuit against the PGA Tour to overturn the ban, which he said was unfair because it was based on legally-prescribed drugs he had been taking for a disability.

Judge Tu M Pham of the US District Court in Memphis, Tennessee, denied Barron's request for a temporary injunction and said to permit the golfer to play in a tournament this week might unfairly knock out other players seeking to qualify for next year's events.

"If Barron does not prevail at trial, these other players ... would have been denied the chance to compete in PGA Tour events in 2010," the judge said in his ruling.

Pham also said allowing Barron to play "could raise substantial public policy concerns regarding the enforcement of anti-doping policies in professional sports."


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