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South African Van der Walt may appeal DQ from Russian Open

ZANDVOORT, Netherlands -- South African
Dawie Van der Walt has been belatedly disqualified from the
Russian Open in which he finished fourth three weeks ago.


Van der Walt, 24, signed for a wrong score on a hole during
the third round and subsequently signed for a round of 68 when
it should have been 69. The error came to light only on
Wednesday.


The European Tour on Thursday took away Van der Walt's prize
money of $96,580 and his fourth place finish and amended the money list accordingly.


Van der Walt's top-10 finish in Moscow earned him a spot in
last week's Scandinavian Masters, in which he finished tied for
43rd, but officials said he would not have to forfeit his place
nor his winnings in that event.


European Tour director of operations David Garland said in a
statement: "He signed for a four on the 13th, where he took a
five, and even though the tournament is completed he is
disqualified.


"As we were unaware of this discrepancy during the
Scandinavian Masters, the results [there] will be unaffected."


After shooting a three-over 73 in the Dutch Open first round
on Thursday, Van der Walt discussed his errant card, which
showed his 69 crossed out and replaced by a 68, inserted, he
said, by a recorder.


"I signed for a 69 and it got changed, I don't want to say
any more than that," the South African told reporters, agreeing
that he might appeal against the decision.