Jose Manuel Lara was disqualified from the BMW International Open after the Spaniard's caddie attempted to hide having an extra club in his bag for the first round.
Realizing on the second hole that Lara was using 15 clubs for Thursday's round at the Gut Larcenhof course in Pulheim, Argentine caddie Mathias Vinson tried to hide the extra club in some thick bushes.
Lara thought the bagman had taken a diversion for a ''call of nature'' but his playing partners, Damien McGrane and Peter Hedblom, became suspicious. Vinson then admitted to Lara that there had been 15 clubs in the bag.
John Paramor, chief referee of the European Tour, told Lara he was disqualified from the $2.5 million tournament because a player is responsible for his caddie's actions.
''We interviewed the player and are perfectly satisfied that he had no knowledge of what was going on,'' Paramor said. ''It was clearly the caddie doing what he felt at the time was the right thing, but was clearly the wrong thing.