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DQ Crushes Papadatos' European Tour Hopes

Dimi Papadatos' quest for a European Tour card ended in disqualification. (Photo: Henry Peters)
New South Wales golfer Dimi Papadatos' chance of a promotion to the European Tour ended with disqualification on day one at the Challenge Tour's season-ending event in the United Arab Emirates.

The details surrounding Papadatos' disqualification from the Ras Al Khaimah Challenge Tour Grand Final have not been confirmed.

At 19th in the season-long Race to Ras Al Khaimah standings entering this week's finale and with 15 European Tour cards on offer, only a high finish would be helpful to Papadatos.

The 27-year-old's opening round at Ras Al Khaimah Golf Club started well with four birdies in six holes and he made the turn at three under.

But his round was derailed by a a triple bogey on the par-four 10th and a quadruple bogey on the par-four 12th.

UK golf writer Phil Casey reported via Twitter that Papadatos was disqualified for using a damaged club.

The Challenge Tour website shows Papadatos completed a round of three over 75 before being disqualified.

Papadatos - a three-time winner on the PGA Tour of Australasia - was the only Australian in the 45-man field.

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