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Dyson receives fine, probation for spike-mark incident

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Simon Dyson has been fined more than $45,000 and given an 18-month probation for deliberately tapping down a spike mark during the BMW Masters.

Dyson learned his fate Thursday when he faced a three-man disciplinary panel at the European Tour’s headquarters in Wentworth, England. If he violates any rule during the next 18 months, he will serve a two-month suspension.

In a statement, the panel said that “Dyson’s conduct … involved a momentary aberration, not a premeditated act of cheating.” The full statement can be read here.

Dyson was tied for second after 36 holes at the BMW Masters but was disqualified for signing an incorrect scorecard. On the eighth hole, he tapped down a spike mark in his line, an infraction which European Tour officials later described as a “serious breach” of the circuit’s code of behavior. 

On Oct. 31, Dyson released a statement and denied that his actions were a deliberate attempt to break the rules. He didn’t play in any of the remaining Final Series events, but has finished T-52 and T-3 in his last two starts on the European Tour.