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Elliott Saltman returns after ban
May 5, 2011

Elliot Saltman, returning to the European Tour this week after serving a three-month ban for cheating, is pleased with the reaction he has received from his fellow players.

“It’s so good to be back, it’s been a long three months,” the 29-year-old told reporters on the eve of the Spanish Open.

“A lot of guys have come up and welcomed me—I thought it might be difficult for me this week.”

Saltman denied he was a cheat after being found guilty of breaching a regulation during the first round of a second-tier Challenge Tour event in September.

The Scot was disqualified from the tournament for incorrectly marking his ball and was subsequently banned from golf in January.

Chilean Mark Tullo, one of Saltman’s playing partners in Thursday’s Spanish Open first round at El Prat, said it was time to draw a line under the incident.

“You can look at it two ways but I guess he just made a mistake,” said Tullo. “It’s not like he kicked the ball forward or anything.

“We all have to learn by our mistakes. If he wins on Sunday I’ll congratulate him.”

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