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Web.com Tour player Bhavik Patel violates anti-doping policy and suspended for the year

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2009, file photo, Bhavik Patel, of Bakersfield, Calif., watches his shot from a bunker on the eighth green against Byeong-Hun An during the semifinal round of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Patel has been suspended one year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, making him the second player to be suspended since golf began its drug testing program in June 2008. The tour said the suspension would be retroactive to Oct. 7, 2014. That means Patel would not be eligible to play until Web.com Q-school next fall. Patel has never played a PGA Tour event.  (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)

FILE - In this Aug. 20, 2009, file photo, Bhavik Patel, of Bakersfield, Calif., watches his shot from a bunker on the eighth green against Byeong-Hun An during the semifinal round of the U.S. Amateur Golf Championship in Tulsa, Okla. Patel has been suspended one year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, making him the second player to be suspended since golf began its drug testing program in June 2008. The tour said the suspension would be retroactive to Oct. 7, 2014. That means Patel would not be eligible to play until Web.com Q-school next fall. Patel has never played a PGA Tour event. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki, File)  (The Associated Press)

Bhavik Patel has been suspended one year for violating the PGA Tour's anti-doping policy, the second player to be suspended in the six years that golf has been drug testing.

Patel has played the Web.com Tour the last two years.

The tour did not say which performance-enhancing drug he used. Under its guidelines, the tour only is required to say that a player tested positive and has been suspended.

Patel says he made a "lapse in judgment" while trying to overcome an injury and regrets his mistake. The suspension is retroactive to Oct. 7, meaning he would not be able to play again until Web.com Tour qualifying in December.

Doug Barron was suspended in 2009 for a positive test. A subsequent lawsuit against the tour was settled.