TV Viewers Nail Simon Dyson On Rules Violation
By Torleif Sorenson on 10/29/13
Golf fans watching televised coverage of the European Tour's BMW Masters last week at Shanghai, China, saw Simon Dyson tap down his ball on his putting line after marking during Friday's round. And they called him on it.
In a statement, the European Tour's chief referee, John Paramor, said:
"Simon Dyson has been disqualified from the BMW Masters presented by SRE Group under the rules of golf (6-6d).Looking at Rule 16-1a, it seems pretty clear: "The line of putt must not be touched except:
(i) the player may remove loose impediments, provided he does not press anything down;Because Dyson did not include a two-stroke penalty, he signed an incorrect scorecard. That's a pretty expensive mistake, since he sinks to 66th in the "Race to Dubai"; only the top 60 players get in. Furthermore, Dyson is ineligible for this week's HSBC Champions, which will also be played in the Shanghai region.
The moral of the story: It pays to know the rules — literally.
H/T Pete Madden
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Duke of Hazards says:
I wonder what prompted him to tap his line? His reaction -- mark ball, tap in front of ball mark -- almost looked automatic, as if it was a habit.
it's been said that they're thinking of giving him a long suspension, maybe even banning him. seems a bit harsh.
Matt McGee says:
The important thing here is what Brandel Chamblee thinks of this.
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