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Simon Dyson Fined and Banned by European Tour
Simon Dyson has been fined £30,000 and given a two-month suspended ban by the European Tour Disciplinary Panel for a serious breach of the European Tour’s Code of Behaviour.
This refers to his disqualification at the BMW Masters in Turkey in October, where Dyson was seen intentionally tapping down a spike mark on the line of his putt during the second round. Dyson, who was in second place at the time, was disqualified the following day after television viewers phoned in the breach.
The Disciplinary Panel judged that Yorkeshireman Dyson had deliberately broken Rule 16-1a “and his purpose in so acting was to improve his position on the green by pressing down a spike mark.”
Dyson’s 14 years of previous unblemished conduct and his admission that it was “a momentary aberration on his part, not a premeditated act of cheating” was taken into consideration by the panel in handing down the suspended sentence over an immediate ban.
His suspension period will extend over the net 18 months and come into effect if any further breaches of the rules are made. He was also fined £30,000 and ordered to pay £7,500 towards the Tour’s costs of these proceedings.