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February 15, 2011

Truth & Rumors: Saltman reluctantly accepts European Tour ban

In September, 28-year-old European Tour player Elliot Saltman was disqualified from the Russian Challenge Cup for illegally marking his ball on more than one occasion. Since receiving a three-month ban from the Tour, Saltman, who strongly denied cheating, has taken and passed a lie detector test in an attempt to prove his innocence. Now Saltman has decided to accept his punishment as well as the stigma he feels will haunt him for the rest of his career.

To have people who don't know me, and who know nothing about me, go out in the media and question my honesty is really hurtful. To be accused of being a cheat is a terrible stigma, and sadly is one that I will now almost certainly have to carry for the rest of my life. I know there is a lot of sympathy for me among the players, although I am sure a few will give me a frosty reception. That will be difficult, but I will have to live with it.

Saltman's ban will be lifted in mid-April and he hopes to compete in the Spanish Open, which starts on May 5th.

Lefty Heading to the Desert
Back in January, three-time Masters champion Phil Mickelson indicated he might skip the Match Play Championship outside Tucson in order to take a vacation with his family. Fortunately for golf fans he's had a change of heart and has confirmed he will be participating in the event, which will take place at Ritz-Carleton GC at Dove Mountain. "I'll be there," he told the Associated Press after his final round at Pebble Beach, which adds to the magnitude of the event which will host the top 64 players (including Lee Westwood, Tiger Woods, and Martin Kaymer) in the world competing in match play format.

TaylorMade 'white out' in Manhattan
TaylorMade and Golfsmith are joining forces to "White Out," Manhattan in a giant winter-themed promotion (it's today - if you live in the area). In order to promote the new R11 and Burner SuperFast 2.0 drivers, the two companies have built a 120-foot long, 17-foot wide, 45-foot tall driving range in front of the Golfsmith location on 54th street. President and CEO of TaylorMade-Adidas, Mark King, is hosting the event in which he, Sergio Garcia, and Martin Kaymer will talk about why "black drivers are obsolete." The first 500 attendees will receive TaylorMade hats while a fortunate ten will win new drivers.

Tweet of the Day

Ferguson @dougferguson405: With six weeks remaining before top 50 is set, and 7 events left, Masters already has 95 players in the field. Hasn't topped 100 since '66

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