Ben An received disappointing news on Wednesday. This June Korean golfer earned a 3-month suspension from the PGA Tour. He almost took a doping test under the auspices of the World Anti-Doping Agency where it turned out that he was positive for a banned substance.
This South Korean golfer had a cold and a bad cough earlier this month, so he took a medicine that had a banned ingredient in it. Please note that in South Korea and Asia, this medicine is allowed and is sold in most pharmacies.
Ben An was visibly disappointed and regretted using this medicine at all. NUCLR first took to their X account to share Ben An's response, which reads: “In August, I was suffering from a head cold and cough. As my symptoms worsened, my mother suggested I take a widely available medication from Korea that had helped her through a similar ailment." "It was the only time I used this medication and in no way did I take it to gain a competitive advantage.
I regret not being more thorough in my decision-making and take full responsibility for my actions."
Although Ben An is suspended, it will not affect his position in 2024
The test was done on Wednesday, and when it was discovered and confirmed that Ben An was positive, the PGA Tour made an official announcement banning this player from playing on the tour until December 1.
PGA Tour commissioner Jay Monahan stated: “An tested positive for a substance prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency contained in a cough medicine available over the counter in his native Korea. He has cooperated fully with the tour throughout the process and accepted his suspension”.
as quoted by SportsSkeeda This popular golfer who is World No. 53 did not hide his regret, but the rules are the rules, so he did not even file a complaint. He will miss the entire autumn part of the PGA tour, but of course this will not affect his position in 2024. We hope that Ben An will come back better than he was.