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Tour denies report Dustin Johnson banned

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AKRON, Ohio (AP) The PGA Tour rebutted a published report Friday that Dustin Johnson has been suspended for failing a drug test.

Johnson said in a vague statement issued by his management company that he would take a leave of absence effective immediately to seek professional help for "personal challenges." The announcement Thursday brought an abrupt end to his PGA Tour season, knocking him out of the PGA Championship and the Ryder Cup.

Golf.com reported Friday that the tour suspended Johnson for six months. It cited an unidentified source as saying Johnson failed a drug test for the third time.

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Money Leaders: PGA
Rank Player Earnings
1 B.Watson $5,102,161
2 J.Walker $4,999,140
3 D.Johnson $4,249,180
4 J.Furyk $4,170,595
5 M.Kuchar $4,014,969
6 M.Kaymer $3,959,787
7 J.Spieth $3,800,682
8 B.Todd $3,095,995
9 C.Kirk $2,955,867
10 Z.Johnson $2,888,955
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