Simon Dyson to face disciplinary panel

English golfer will be asked to account for a breach in the rules at the BMW Masters

Simon Dyson hits his tee-shot on the 18th hole at the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club.  Photograph:  Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Simon Dyson hits his tee-shot on the 18th hole at the BMW Masters at Lake Malaren Golf Club. Photograph: Andrew Redington/Getty Images

Thu, Oct 31, 2013, 11:09

Simon Dyson could face a ban from the European Tour after being summoned to appear before a disciplinary panel following his disqualification from the BMW Masters last week.

Dyson was joint second at Lake Malaren when he was disqualified for signing for an incorrect score in the second round, with regard to a breach of the rules of which he had “no recollection” of according to tournament officials.

The 35-year-old failed to add a two-shot penalty to his card after an incident on the eighth hole, when he touched the line of his putt after marking his ball.

Having reviewed the evidence, European Tour officials concluded that further action was required under the Tour’s code of behaviour and disciplinary procedure, which states: “3. Serious Breach. If, at the conclusion of an investigation into an alleged breach of the code by a member, it is evident that a serious breach of the code may have occurred, then a disciplinary hearing shall take place before an independent disciplinary panel.”

Under European Tour regulations, the three-person panel will comprise an independent lawyer, an ex-member of the European Tour or current player on the European Senior Tour and an experienced sports administrator.

The player in question will then be asked to appear before the disciplinary panel at a hearing that will be convened on at least 21 days’ notice to the player. Dyson is expected to notified officially of the hearing shortly.

If Dyson is found guilty of a serious breach of the code, the Tour’s statement added that it can impose sanctions which range from “a reprimand, a censure, a fine, a suspension of membership, a suspension from participation in one or more tournaments or for a given period, or expulsion from the European Tour, or otherwise as the panel shall determine.”