Tired Khan misses out on US Open qualification

Updated: May 25, 2010, 09:08 AM IST

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Clarke was so disappointed with his form he said he had withdrawn from this week`s Madrid Masters.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

Bureau Report