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Dyson returns to action with hearing looming

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Simon Dyson will tee it up in this week’s European Tour season opener in South Africa, even with his disciplinary hearing looming next month.

Dyson was disqualified from the BMW Masters after illegally tapping down a spike mark in his line. The violation apparently was so egregious, the 35-year-old will now face a three-man panel in London on Dec. 5. According to an AAP report, which cited unnamed sources, Dyson will hear more than one cheating allegation against him.

It’s possible that Dyson could be banned from the tour for up to three months.

Dyson hasn’t played since the BMW Masters, and he was reportedly advised not to play in the Turkish Airlines Open because he could influence the Race to Dubai standings. He will return to action this week at the season-opening South African Open, and he is also expected to play at the Alfred Dunhill Championship.   

“It is disappointing given that Simon is such a solid member of the European Tour for some time now, but I am confident the panel will look at all the evidence and deal with the issue correctly,” said George O’Grady, the chief executive of the European Tour, according to the report.

“A mistake has been made and the panel now have to look at that. Of course, Simon remains innocent at this point in time, so he is quite entitled to compete this week in South Africa.”