Number Crunching 2012: Lloyd Saltman
Who climbed and who dropped in 2012? Through Dec. 31, Golfweek.com takes a look at players who made significant moves up or down in the Golfweek/Sagarin Performance Index this year.
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Ranking/movement: - 319 (No. 215 to No. 534)
Why the fall? Money and competition.
Everything about Saltman’s season points to success except one vital stat: his position on the European Tour and European Challenge Tour money lists.
The Scotsman lost his European Tour card last year after finishing 133rd on the money list. As a result Saltman, 27, spent the year playing events on both European tours. He placed 181st on the European Tour from nine starts, and 55th on the less-lucrative junior circuit from 19 events.
“People tell you it’s hard to play both tours, but as a player you feel your game is good enough to play on the main tour,” Saltman said. “Aside from missing my first two cuts on the main tour, I made the next seven but just didn’t make the most of them.”
The two-time Walker Cup player improved in every statistical category this year. He took a half-shot off his stroke average, with 71.00 this year over 71.57 last year. He was straighter off the tee, hitting 57.35 percent of fairways versus 53.63 percent the year before. He averaged 3 more yards in distance, with 309.12 per drive over 306.89 last year. He shaved nearly a stroke off his putts per round, averaging 29.04 this season compared with 29.74 last year.
Saltman says: “I feel as if I’m technically better, but the results just didn’t come. But I take a lot of positives out of the year. I played a lot of good golf but maybe wasn’t as consistent as I would have liked. I’m going to spend the winter with my coach Colin Brooks making my swing better. I’m looking forward to a full season on the Challenge Tour next year, and to winning a few tournaments.”