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Golf Australia Express : December 2013
OPINION the YORSHIRE'S SIMON DYSON IS FACING A THREE-MONTH SUSPENSION FROM THE EUROPEAN TOUR FOR FAILING TO ADD A TWO-STROKE PENALTY TO HIS SCORE AFTER TAPPING HIS BALL ON THE LINE OF A PUTT AT THE BMW MASTERS IN OCTOBER. ALL SOUNDS RATHER COMPLICATED, writes OTG senior writer ADRIAN BALLANTYNE. W HILE trawling the weekend’s tournament results, one name jumped out at me. It wasn’t that the man in question had performed better or worse than expected; that his name was somewhere it ordinarily wouldn’t have been. It’s just that name in third place at the Alfred Dunhill Championship was Simon Dyson. THAT Simon Dyson. Wait. Wasn’t he banned for a rules infraction at the BMW Masters? Potentially, but not quite yet, as it turned out. Dyson is still in golfing purgatory, having been allowed to continue playing in the new European Tour season until his case is heard and penalty determined later this month. Word is he’ll cop a three-month ban. Umm, beg yours? Three months for using a golf ball to tap down a spike mark in the line of his putt and failing to put a subsequent two- stroke penalty on his scorecard? Of course, the Rules of Golf are sacred, but surely a penalty that Rolling the