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Last Updated: Sunday, 6 June, 2004, 16:57 GMT 17:57 UK
Khan claims surprise win
FINAL LEADERBOARD
England's Simon Khan
Gbr and Ire unless stated
-21 P Casey, S Khan*
-17 J-F Remesy (Fra)
* Khan won on 2nd extra hole
England's Simon Khan claimed his first Tour title on Sunday, wining the Wales Open at the second hole of a sudden-death play-off.

Khan, ranked 255th in the world, defeated compatriot Paul Casey after both men finished on 21-under-par 267, four shots ahead of the field.

Casey led by four strokes with seven holes to go but threw away his advantage, only to birdie the last.

But Khan held his nerve to birdie the 74th hole and claim the 250,000 prize.

Khan's win came just seven days after Scott Drummond's even more surprising victory in the PGA Championship.

This should have been a day when I polished it off, not even a contest
Paul Casey
And he earlier revealed how he had been inspired by the world number 435's triumph at Wentworth.

"I hope Scott and I have started a trend," said Khan.

"It shows the standard right across the Challenge Tour and main tour. There are a lot of good players but now it is about raising yourself to the next level.

"I want to keep improving and move up to the level of Casey, Ian Poulter and Justin Rose. You have got to set your sights high."

Casey admitted he had let the chance of a victory, and virtual qualification for the Ryder Cup, slip through his fingers.

"This should have been a day when I polished it off, not even a contest, but having said that Simon played a wonderful round of golf and what with the 61 as well, he has played very, very well.

"The bogey on the first got me off on the wrong foot and we felt like we were in between clubs all day.

"It was one of those rounds which was a grind, and my putting has been bad the last year basically."


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