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Shock PGA Championship win for Simon Khan at Wentworth

PGA Championship, Wentworth: final leaderboard:
-6 S Khan (Eng) -5 F Andersson Hed (Swe), L Donald (Eng) -4 S Gallacher (Sco) -3 D Willett (Eng) Selected others: -2 P Harrington (Ire) -1 L Westwood (Eng), J Rose (Eng) +1 P Casey (Eng) +3 E Els (SA) +5 C Montgomerie (Sco)


Simon Khan

Khan seals surprise win at Wentworth

Simon Khan produced a superb final round of 66 for a shock one-shot win in the PGA Championship at Wentworth.

The 37-year-old, ranked 471 in the world, was a late invite to the event on Monday, and began the final day in a share of 13th seven shots off the lead.

But as the leaders and top names fell back he set the pace with six birdies.

Luke Donald double bogeyed the 17th to finish in a tie for second with Fredrik Andersson Hed, while overnight leader Chris Wood was tied sixth after a 77.

Scot Stephen Gallacher's final round of 70 earned him a fourth-place finish, two shots behind Khan.

Wood initially showed no signs of nerves as he launched his drive at the first 340 yards down to the bottom of the hill, but problems soon arose and he double bogeyed the third before two more dropped shots saw him reach the turn in 39.

And with other players at the top of the leaderboard struggling despite another day of perfect, tranquil weather, the notable moves were coming from the earlier starters.

However, there was to be no concerted charge from Padraig Harrington or Paul Casey, who started five back but shot over par rounds to finish respectively tied for sixth and 17th.

It's what I've always dreamed of doing

Simon Khan

Andersson Hed, who won his maiden European title at the 245th attempt with victory at the Italian Open earlier this month, began the day in a share of 13th but surged up the field with four birdies in the opening five holes.

South Africa's James Kingston picked up three birdies but dropped back after a double bogey at the 12th, while Khan collected five birdies to move into a share of the lead before dropping a shot at the 16th.

Andersson Hed also saw two shots go on the back nine, but a birdie putt wriggled in at the last and he set a competitive five-under target.

But Khan, who began the final day seven shots off the lead in a share of 13th place, went one better when a 20-foot effort sneaked in for a birdie at the last to give him a share of the lead with Donald.

Khan delighted at Wentworth win

Robert Karlsson, who broke the course record on Saturday with a 62 after chartering a private jet having returned home thinking he had missed the cut, had no such heroics in the final round, having begun only two shots back.

His putting stroke, so impressive a day earlier, deserted him and he finished with a double bogey and a round of 77 - as he and Wood in the final group played out the closing holes in perfunctory fashion.

And Donald also looked set to drop shots but played a fine up-and-down at the par three 14th, before another superb escape from the downslope of a greenside bunker at 15 finished within a foot.

However, he tested his powers of recovery once too often by driving into the trees on 17 and, after moving his first chip only a few yards forward, eventually finished with a double-bogey seven to fall two behind Khan.

Needing an eagle at the par five 18th to force a play off, he attacked the flag with his third, but the ball spun back from within two feet of the flag and so the honours went to Khan, who secured only his second title since turning professional in 1991.

"It's what I've always dreamed of doing," said Khan, who lost his tour card in 2009 but now earns a three-year exemption to the Open Championship and five years on the European Tour as a result of his triumph.



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