Watson and cbdMD agreed to a multi-year sponsorship that includes the two-time Masters champion wearing the company’s logo on both sides of his visor during PGA Tour events. The partnership officially begins at the PGA Championship later this month.
“I’ve personally felt the benefits of cbdMD’s products,” said Watson, a 12-time PGA Tour winner. “cbdMD is the safest on the market and I am proud to partner with them to help millions feel better.”
“By joining forces with one of the biggest names in the sport, we’re excited to see how the golf community embraces the newfound popularity of CBD,” said Caryn Dunayer, the president of cbdMD. “We’re looking forward to the continued success of Bubba, while educating the public on the many benefits of hemp-derived CBD.”
The 40-year-old Watson’s deal with cbdMD comes just weeks after the PGA Tour sent a warning to golfers about using cannabis products. The Tour sent the note to players in order to advise them that some CBD products could contain a banned substance called THC, according to Marijuana Moment. (When reached by GOLF.com the PGA Tour declined to comment on Watson’s latest partnership.)
“CBD products (like all supplements) pose a risk to athletes because they have limited government regulation and may contain THC, the psychoactive component of cannabis that is prohibited,” the Tour reportedly wrote in its memo to golfers. “The FDA, DEA, and private organizations including Major League Baseball (MLB), have conducted tests on CBD and ‘THC-free’ products only to find significant levels of psychoactive (and prohibited) THC or falsely labeled amounts of CBD.
“Taking a poorly labeled supplement that is contaminated with a prohibited substance is NOT a defense to a violation of the Program,” the letter continues. “Therefore, we strongly recommend that if players choose to use supplements, they only use those that are NSF Certified for Sport.”
In March, pro Robert Garrigus was suspended by the PGA Tour for three months for violating the Tour’s anti-doping program by testing positive for marijuana.
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