Four golfers failed drug tests at the South African Open a month ago, local media reported on Monday. The identities of the players have not been revealed and they will not play in the Nelson Mandela Championship, which starts on Thursday in Rustenburg. Martin Kaymer, Maximilian Kieffer, Matteo Manassero and Francesco Molinari are the latest big names to take illegal substance Trenbolone, which boosts energy and can lead to weight loss. The European Tour requires all its players to get anti-doping tests every season. “A total of 27 tests were conducted on the South African Open at the start of January, and four athletes tested positive for anti-doping products containing Trenbolone,” European Tour chief executive Keith Pelley said. “There are 19 players registered for the Nelson Mandela Championship who are registered players, with each required to receive an anti-doping sample by 5pm local time, Wednesday March 20. “Of these 19, 15 have completed their tests. The four players have been notified.” The PGA Tour is also expected to announce players who failed anti-doping tests during the PGA Tour Player Advisory Council meeting, which ended Monday in Las Vegas.
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