Tour pro accuses fellow player of having cheated "for years"

Gonzalo Fernandez Castano 1

Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, you can’t have failed to notice that golf’s rules have been given a 2019 makeover.

The shorter, simplified laws of the game came into force for amateurs and professionals alike on January 1 and, so far, much of the debate has centred on two things: putting with the flagstick left in; and the new procedure for dropping from knee height.

Largely overlooked has been the fact that you are now allowed to tap down spikemarks.

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Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano has noticed, though – and he didn’t miss the opportunity to call out a fellow pro for having been guilty of breaking the old rule in the past.

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When he was challenged to tag Dyson so that he could see the post, Fernandez-Castano replied:

Dyson did see the post, though, and didn't mince his words with his reply...

Simon Dyson Tweet

Note: He quickly deleted the tweet... but not before we grabbed a screenshot of it.

Six-time European Tour winner Dyson was given a two-month ban from the European Tour – which was suspended for 18 months – and was fined over £30,000 in 2013, despite being cleared of a “premeditated act of cheating” when he appeared to tap down a spikemark during the BMW Masters in Shanghai… ultimately won by Fernandez-Castano.

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Simon Dyson

After review, tour officials charged Dyson, above, with a “serious breach” of the tour’s code of behaviour. However, the Englishman was given a suspended ban after a three-man panel took into account his good conduct in his previous three years on tour and after determining his mistake to be a “momentary aberration”.

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The leniency shown to Dyson reportedly enraged several of his fellow players – and if this tweet is anything to go by, the normally mild-mannered Fernandez-Castano was one of them.

Dyson most recently featured on the European Tour in last year’s Afred Dunhill Links Championship – one of only two events he played in 2018.

He launched a new venture called Elite Golf Performance earlier this month.

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