United States golfer Dustin Johnson has denied having an issue with cocaine.
In July, the 30-year old said he was taking time out from the game to face “private challenges” and he missed the Ryder Cup.
It was reported by Golf.com that Johnson was serving a six-month ban after testing positive for cocaine.
“I didn’t get a difficulty,” he told Sports Illustrated magazine when asked particularly about the drug. “I’ve problems. But that is not the problem.”
Johnson had fought to handle pressure, adding he’d hired a team of specialists to help and said he’d sometimes drunk an excessive amount of vodka, including many clinicians and a life coach.
“Mr Johnson do not miss waking up with a hangover and I did not drink quite frequently,” he said. “It was only when Mr Johnson did it was a little too much.”
Johnson, an eight-time winner on the PGA Tour, had the greatest record in America team, with three wins from three matches, when experts lost the 2012 Ryder Cup at Medinah.
Declaring his lack six months past, Johnson said he expected the break would enhance his “mental health, physical well being and psychological basis”.
The PGA Tour has a policy of not releasing details of positive evaluations for recreational drugs.
In a statement in August, it said: “This is to clarify that Mr Johnson has taken a voluntary leave of absence and isn’t under a suspension from the PGA Tour.”
Johnson, who missed three months of the season and pulled out of the 2012 Masters mentioning a back injury due to lifting a jet ski, is anticipated to return.