Banned by PGA Tour, Barron to try mini tour

Doug Barron plays a shot at the Nationwide Tour's Melwood Prince George's County Open in May 2008.

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Doug Barron, persona non grata on the PGA Tour, will keep the dream alive on the eGolf Professional Tour this year.

Barron, 40, suspended in November for one year as the first violator of the PGA Tour’s Anti-Doping Policy, missed Q-School after failing to win a temporary restraining order. He will air his grievance Jan. 28 before a U.S. District Court judge in Memphis, Tenn. A favorable hearing could lead Barron’s attorneys to seek discovery of the Tour’s drug program.

Ty Votaw, executive vice president of the PGA Tour, would not comment to Golfweek.

With his goal of landing a Tour card via Q-School this fall, Barron will open the 18-event eGolf series Feb. 17-20 on Hilton Head Island, S.C.

“I’m excited about doing it, and I’m ready to play golf,” he said.

David Siegel, president and co-founder of the eGolf Tour, welcomed Barron to the minitour based in the Carolinas.

“I don’t know the specifics of the PGA Tour decision,” Siegel said, “but we don’t think it’s fair to punish him (Barron) on what another tour did. It’s not our tour.”

Barron, diagnosed with low testosterone, was found in violation of the Tour’s drug policy when he tested positive for the beta-blocker Propranolol and exogenous testosterone. He said the condition has returned.

“I’m going to fight to be treated,” Barron said.

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