Tour Veteran Brad Fritsch has reportedly been suspended for 3 months after he self-reported the use of a banned substance. The Canadian golfer had contacted a friend who operated a weight-loss program the day that he failed to make it to the second stage of the Web.com Tour Q-School. Being at his heaviest he felt it was time to make a change in order to keep up with his kids. As part of the weight-loss program he was prescribed, Fritsch was given several supplements including a spray called “BioSom”. Fritsch has always been transparent in drug-testing with the Tour and fearful that the spray may violate Tour policy (given Vijay Singh’s infamous “deer antler spray” incident in 2013), he reported the potential for violation to a Tour Official. It later turned out that the spray did indeed contain a banned substance titled dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).
The tour stated: “Mr. Fritsch self-reported this information after discovering that an ingredient in a supplement that he was taking was on the prohibited list.” Embarrassed that he didn’t pay attention to the details of the substances he was inducing, Fritsch wrote “It’s not who I am. I believe in the program and if I’m to be suspended, then so be it.”
Fritsch had made 10 cuts in 18 PGA Tour starts in 2017 but failed to record a top-25, finishing too far down the money list to secure any status for 2018.