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Saltman's make it a family affair at Formby Hall

Saltman's make it a family affair at Formby Hall

August 18th, 2009

After becoming the first brothers to play in the Open Championship for 26 years at Turnberry in July, Lloyd and Elliot Saltman will play with younger brother Zack on the PGA EuroPro Tour at Formby Hall in Liverpool.

The three brothers will tee off together for the first time on the Tour on Wednesday August 19 – with Challenge Tour regular Lloyd – middle brother of the three – playing his first event on the Tour this year. The 23 year-old won the Silver Medal at the 2005 Open Championship and has played in over a dozen Challenge Tour events this year.

Elliot (pictured) will be hoping the presence of both siblings can spur him onto cement his position in the top five. The 27 year-old sits in fourth spot in the Order of Merit with three events to go, and strong finishes – or indeed a victory – should secure a coveted top five spot and a Challenge Tour card, and in an interview with The Scotsman, he showed he is fully aware of all the benefits of staying among the leading quintet.

“I’m in a good position (in the Order of Merit) just now and certainly feel I’m playing well enough to stay in the top five between now and the end of the season,” said Elliot. “The players in those positions at the end of August also get to skip the first stage of Tour School – and that would be massive.”

Zack turned pro in January and was instantly signed up by Aegon who sponsor all three players. He missed out on joining his older brothers at the Open Championship by one stroke but he caddied for Elliot at Turnberry and the talented 20 year-old has gained valuable experience from his eight appearances on the EuroPro Tour so far this season.

The PGA EuroPro tour’s official bookmakers Sky Bet make Elliot 20/1 to win in Liverpool, with Lloyd 40/1 and Zack 400/1, with local man Ian Keenan (Royal Liverpool) 35/1 for victory. Keenan took the runners-up spot at The Virgin Atlantic 25th Anniversary Classic at Marriot Tudor Park early in August and is 11th in the money list.

[url=http://www.skybet.com/skybet?action=GoEvClass&id=34&aff=4527&EPT_Website]Click here to view the full list of prices for Formby Hall.[/url]

[url=http://sport.scotsman.com/sport/Golf-Elliot–back-in.5562751.jp]Click here to read the full article on Elliot Saltman in The Scotsman.[/url]

Date Posted: 18/08/09

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