PGA Tour suspends Byeong Hun An three months for banned substance: ‘It was the only time I used this medication’

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OLYMPIA FIELDS, IL - AUGUST 18: Byeong Hun An of South Korea looks on at the 15th hole during the second round of the BMW Championship at Olympia Fields Country Club on August 18, 2023 in Olympia Fields, Illinois. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Byeong Hun An has been suspended for three months for violating the PGA Tour Anti-Doping Policy, the Tour announced on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old An tested positive for a prohibited substance found in a cough medicine that is available in his native South Korea.

According to the Tour, An has “cooperated fully” throughout the process and accepted the suspension. He is eligible to return to play on Dec. 1, 2023.

In a statement posted on Instagram, An explained that while dealing with a head cold, it was suggested by his mother that he take a medication from South Korea that helped her through similar symptoms.

Byeong Hun An/Instagram

Byeong Hun An/Instagram (Byeong Hun An/Instagram)

“I took this medicine without checking its contents first only to later find that it contained a substance that is prohibited under the PGA TOUR’s anti-doping program,” An said. “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. I’d like to thank the PGA TOUR for supporting me during this process and look forward to returning to competition in the new year.”

An, 2009 U.S. Amateur champion, is currently ranked 53rd in the Official World Golf Ranking and has earned $3,231,760 this season. He was 44th in the FedEx Cup standings during the 2022-23 PGA Tour season with 12 top-25 finishes in 31 starts, which included runner-up status at the Wyndham Championship and a T3 at the Genesis Scottish Open.

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