Saltus motors up leaderboard

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 November, 2007, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 November, 2007, 12:00am

Cars are a reflection of a man's personality - or ego - so they say, so it's no surprise American Bryan Saltus has his eyes on a vehicle that is 'a radical expression of sport and utility'.

Saltus personifies that slogan with his unique but trusty golf swing and his 'rock-star' image, having attended more than 150 Grateful Dead concerts.

One of the most likeable characters on the Asian Tour, 'Salty' was the surprise name on the leaderboard yesterday after his five-under 65 left him five shots behind leader Robert Karlsson. His objective is making enough money this weekend to buy a car and the one of his choice is Nissan's Infiniti FX35.

'I can get a second-hand one for about US$25,000-US$30,000,' he said. He would need to be in the top 20 to write the cheque, but where he finishes tomorrow is anyone's guess. His year on the Asian Tour 'hasn't been great' - he is 66th on the order of merit with US$66,000 - but coming to Hong Kong is always an attraction for the 36-year-old.

'I get excited when I come here,' he said. 'The weather is like California and my knowledge of the course gives me confidence. It's all about club selection off the tee.' Saltus finished tied for 12th at Fanling in 2004 and remembers it well as he played with 2003 champion Padraig Harrington. 'It was a good experience. Harrington is probably the best player I have ever played with,' he said.

Show me the money

Bryan Saltus has earned this much in thousands of US$ on the Asian tour this season. He hopes to increase that considerably this weekend: 66


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