Trial by committee for Dyson with three-month playing ban possible

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Simon Dyson faces a three-month ban from competitive golf if he is found guilty of cheating by a European Tour disciplinary panel today.

The 35-year-old from Malton stands accused of tapping down a spike mark during the second round of the BMW Masters in Shanghai at the end of October.

Dyson was spotted by a television viewer and was disqualified after his round.

He faces a three-man committee this morning that includes a Tour official, a barrister and senior player at the circuit’s headquarters at Wentworth in Surrey.

It has been widely reported that the likely sanction is a three-month ban, though the European Tour would not comment on potential sentences.

Dyson withdrew from the remainder of the recent season in the wake of the allegations, but has since played twice at the start of the Tour’s 2014 campaign, finishing in a tie for third at the Alfred Dunhill Championship in South Africa last week.

Elsewhere, Richard Finch will be hoping to continue defying his reduced status on Tour at the Hong Kong Open this week.

The 36-year-old from Hull is reliant on sponsors’ invites for the next 12 months after losing full playing rights in October and then failing to win those back at qualifying school last month.

And he made the most of one of those invitations in South Africa, pushing Charl Schwartzel all the way at Leopard Creek to finish second and pocket 172,500 euros (£143,285).

In just one tournament he has earned almost as much as he did for the whole of the 2013 campaign and despite only limited appearances this year, he is already in a strong position to regain his card for 2015. His good finish last week has earned him another chance in Hong Kong.

Finch, who is joined in the Far East by Harrogate’s John Parry, said: “I’ve had a lovely start, a big step in the right direction and hopefully I can keep it going and get back to playing full time on the European Tour.

“I wouldn’t have said going into last week that I was hugely confident or was doing anything differently, but I managed to get momentum and keep going.”