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Saltman banned 3 months for rules violation

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Scottish golfer Elliot Saltman has been banned for three months by the European Tour for marking his ball incorrectly during an event last year.

A statement released by the tour on Wednesday said Saltman "committed a serious breach" of regulations and was suspended from all European Tour and Challenge Tour-sanctioned tournaments with immediate effect.

The incident happened during the first round of the Russian Challenge Cup on Sept. 16. The 28-year-old Saltman was disqualified and attended a disciplinary hearing in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.

Sweden's Johan Tumba was the last professional to be expelled from the tour. He was banned for 10 years in 1992 for altering his scorecard.

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