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Last Updated: Saturday, 16 July, 2005, 15:28 GMT 16:28 UK
Saltman/Lyle keep up local charge
Saltman is the leading amateur
The Scots pair of Sandy Lyle and Lloyd Saltman both enjoyed excellent third rounds to move up the leaderboard at the Open Championship at St Andrews.

Amateur Saltman carded a four-under-par 68, his best round of the week, to move to four under for the championship.

The 19-year-old's round included five birdies and just one bogey.

Lyle followed his second round 67 with a 69 to leave him on 210, six under par and six behind championship leader Tiger Woods.

Saltman's terrific 68 puts him in pole position to win the Silver Medal awarded to the top amateur.

He has opposition from three other amateurs - fellow Scot Eric Ramsay, Edoardo Molinari of Italy and Matthew Richardson of England.

"Hopefully I can go even lower in the final round, but I'd take more of the same," said Saltman.

Saltman revealed his confidence has been boosted by encouraging words from former Ryder Cup captain Sam Torrance.

This is what I've been needing for quite a few years
Sandy Lyle

"I have spoken to him on the range a few times and it is great when legends like that are talking about you, " admitted the Walker Cup player.

His only dropped shot of the day came at the 14th, but he picked up a shot at the 16th and parred the final two holes.

"That finish was a bit more like it, " he added. "I came in four shots better in the last four holes than I was yesterday.

"I took a driver at 17 as well - it was one of my better drives - and pitched to the edge.

"I have been playing well all year and the plan here was to make the cut and enjoy myself. I am certainly doing that."

Lyle, who won the Open in 1985, admitted he has enjoyed this week more than any in the last few years.

"It's the first time I've felt a real buzz since finishing third in the Dunhill Links championship here in 2002," he said after a round of four birdies and one bogey.

"This is what I've been needing for quite a few years. It's nice and a little kick up the backside for me.

"It's astonishing considering the way I played last week when I missed the cut by a million miles (he shot rounds of 72 and 76 in the Scottish Open)."

Interview: Lloyd Saltman

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