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Friday, July 1, 2011
Robert Garrigus: Players smoked pot

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NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. -- PGA Tour player Robert Garrigus, best known for his long drives and knee-high putter, said he -- along with other unnamed players on the Nationwide Tour -- smoked marijuana during tournament rounds in 2002, according to an interview published on Golf Digest's web site.

Garrigus Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round. We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags.

-- Robert Garrigus in interview with Golf Digest

"Oh yeah, there were plenty of guys on the Nationwide Tour who smoked in the middle of the round," Garrigus told Golf Digest in a story headlined "The Reclamation of Robert Garrigus." The PGA Tour did not institute drug testing until six years later.

"We always talked about it. You could go in the Porta John and take your drags," he said.

Garrigus, however, believes his own drug problems turned around his life.

"I had a very high tolerance, and I didn't know that it wasn't helping me," he told the magazine. "All you're thinking is that it feels good, so it must be good for what you're doing. It wasn't until I quit that I realized how stupid it was. But I don't regret any of it because it put me on the path I'm on now."

The PGA Tour declined to comment on the story, both to Golf Digest and ESPN.com.

When asked after his round Friday at the AT&T National if he had been spoken to by the PGA Tour about any disciplinary action regarding his comments, Garrigus said no conversations had occurred.

"No, it was 10 years ago and there's nothing," Garrigus said. "So it's a non-issue."

Garrigus, who went into rehab for his drug and alcohol problems in 2003 but says he has been clean ever since, is playing this week at the AT&T National outside of Philadelphia.

He's currently 39th on the PGA Tour money list with $1,315,557 in earnings this season.

In 2010, Matt Every was suspended three months by the tour for conduct unbecoming a professional after his arrest for marijuana possession, according to Golfweek magazine.

Every earned a promotion to the PGA Tour after finishing 10th on the Nationwide Tour money list in 2009.

ESPN.com golf editor Kevin Maguire contributed to this report.