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Simon Khan qualifies for US Open

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Simon Khan has managed to get over the disappointment of losing out to Matteo Manassero at Wentworth by qualifying for the US Open.

The Englishman lost a four-hole play-off at the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth less than 24 hours previously before winning the 36-hole tournament at Walton Heath.

At 6:30pm the previous day, Khan agonisingly missed out on winning the PGA Championship before carding an impressive 67 and 70 to leave 93 other players trailing in his wake.

Khan told reporters: "I only slept about half-an-hour with everything going through my head.

"I even thought about pulling out. But this is my job."

The US Open begins at Merion on June 13 and Khan's aggregate score of 137 saw him finish seven under.

The 40-year old was happy with his performance at Walton Heath and is hoping to forget Wentworth by looking forward to the US Open.

Khan continued by saying: "I'm delighted with today.

"It was tough out there with a lot of cross winds. I had a little wobble around the turn but then settled down with three birdies in a row.

"Yesterday I did everything I could. I would not have done anything different but it didn't work out. When I won the BMW PGA Championship there was a downside in that I shut off a little bit after reaching one of my all-time goals of winning a tournament like that.

"Hopefully, this time I can look at it the other way round and kick on from here." Added Khan. "I don't know a lot about Merion but it looks fantastic from the pictures I've seen. It looks quite tricky and a bit shorter, which hopefully will suit me."

Joining Khan at Merion will be former European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal and fellow Englishman Paul Casey.

Casey finished just one shot behind Khan after an impressive 64 on his second round making up for his 74 first round.

Joining these players at the US Open will be Jaco Van Zyl who finished tied second with Paul Casey.

Australia's Marcus Fraser, England's Eddie Pepperell, Sweden's Peter Hedblom and Denmark's Morten Orum Madsen, but six players had a play-off to decide the final five places.

Jose Maria Olazabal along with Scotland's Chris Doak, Argentina's Estanislao Goya and England duo David Howell and John Parry all managed to survive the play-off and will compete at the US Open.

 

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