Simon Dyson, A Sensible Sentence. December 07 2013

Simon Dyson Simon Dyson / Getty Simon Dyson has been handed a suspended two-month ban from the European Tour and fined £30,000 ($55,000) following his rules violation at the BMW Masters in Shanghai in October. On the face of it a pretty sensible sentence after a section of the golfing community were suggesting he be banned for life from golf. Simon was summoned to  attend a hearing on Thursday, where he was found guilty of a serious breach of the European Tour's code of conduct, for inadvertently using his ball to tap down a spike mark on the green in direct line of his short par putt. His ban will become effective only if he commits another rules breach in the next 18 months. A disciplinary panel found that Simon's actions were deliberate but that it was "not a premeditated act of cheating." They also took into consideration his previous good conduct on the Tour . A television viewer noticed the infraction, which occurred on the eighth green at Lake Malaraen during the second round, and rules officials met with Simon the next morning. At the time of the incident he was tied for second, just four shots off the lead. The rules officials disqualified him for not adding the two-shot penalty to his scorecard. Simon, a six-time winner on the European Tour said in a statement released five days after the incident that the violation was unintentional. The maximum sanction was expulsion from the tour. He returned to action at the start of the 2014 season in November, finishing tied for 52nd in the South African Open and then tied for third in the Alfred Dunhill Championship last weekend. Welcome Back Simon.