Khan stuns Wentworth with winning 66
Simon Khan, ranked 471st in the world and not even in the event until Monday, has won the coveted BMW PGA Championship.
England journeyman golfer Simon Khan, ranked 471st in the world and not even in the event until he received a late invitation to play on Monday, was in dreamland at Wentworth on Sunday when he came from seven strokes back to win the European Tour’s second biggest title after The Open
The 37-year-old from Essex faced an uncertain future when he had to go back to the qualifying school last November to regain his Tour ticket..
But today he produced the biggest last-day comeback in the history of this European Tour flagship event and took away the Tour’s biggest spoils outside of The Open.
A five-under-par 66 gave Khan the first prize of £637,000 – plus a five-year Tour exemption and a place for the next three years in The Open – with a last-gasp birdie on the tough final hole.
Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed, also joint 13th after 54 holes, sank a 12-foot putt for par on the last, but two groups later Khan beat it with a 20-footer that curled round the back of the cup and then dropped in.
That birdie tied him at the top with Luke Donald, but the Ryder Cup star double-bogeyed the long 17th after an offline drive and was left needing an eagle on the controversial par-five last. He did get a birdie, but it was only enough to give him a share of second place with Andersson Hed.
Not one of the game’s big-hitters, he laid up short of the water and his pitch hit the green only inches inches from the hole before it spun away to hand the title to a tearful Khan who couldn’t hide his amazement at his stunning, life-changing final round.
“I have dreamed of winning it for many years, but I can hardly believe I have done it now.
“When I got the late invitation to play on Monday I decided to come here and make the best of it.
He did – and on his wife’s birthday.
“I didn’t know what to get her, so I gave her my credit card with an apology and she said, “never you mind, You just go out and win for me.”
He did just that.
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