Tired Khan misses out on US Open qualification
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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 09:08
  
Walton Heath: Exhausted Simon Khan missed out on US Open qualification on Monday just 24 hours after winning the PGA Championship.

European Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie, Northern Ireland's Darren Clarke and Italian rookie Matteo Manassero were also among those who missed out on a spot for the major starting on June 17 at Pebble Beach.

Clarke was so disappointed with his form he said he had withdrawn from this week's Madrid Masters.

Khan, who became the first invited player to win the European Tour's flagship event at Wentworth on Sunday, was one of six players to finish seven under par in the 36-hole event, forcing a playoff for the five remaining qualifying spots.

His rivals all birdied the opening playoff hole but the 37-year-old Briton missed from 15 feet for a par.

"It's just unbelievable as I thought at least one of them would miss their putts so it's amazing that I get a par and the other five grab birdies," said Khan.

"But I was absolutely exhausted by the time of the playoff and I was just running on empty and it was only the thought of going to Pebble beach that kept me going."

British rookie James Morrison finished top at Walton Heath after a blistering second round that included a 13th-hole eagle.

The Madeira Islands Open champion carded a seven-under-par 65 to finish two shots clear of the field on 11 under. The top 11 qualified for the U.S. Open.

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First Published: Tuesday, May 25, 2010, 09:08


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