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The Open 2010: Khan grateful to be in major league

The Open Championship, St Andrews, 15-18 July
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Simon Khan earlier in the Open Championship at St Andrews
Khan was playing in the Open for the fifth time, but the third time at St Andrews

By Ged Scott
BBC Sport at St Andrews

Simon Khan suffered a poor end to his Open week at his favourite golfing home of St Andrews as he carded a two-over 74 to finish tied for 55th place.

But already the PGA Championship winner has designs on his next major - next month's USPGA at Whistling Straits.

"It's a links course on the banks of Lake Michigan and, being close to Chicago, it's going to be windy.

"But I love links golf. I just wished I could have shown that a bit better this week," the Essex golfer told BBC Sport.

"I'm frustrated again with my score," he added, after ending as he had begun on the Old Course with a 74 to finish two over for the week.

"There are birdies out there. And I've hit a lot of good shots on the front nine and left putts in the jaws."

And he also mirrored fellow mad-keen Arsenal fan Ian Poulter's comments earlier in the day suggesting that the R&A had left the rough on the immediate left of the 17th fairway too long to make it a fair test.

"I thought I'd hit a good shot at 17 but I'd have had more chance if I'd hit it 50 yards left.

"I had no shot and could only move it 30 yards.

"They've got that slightly wrong the R&A and I think they'd admit that."

606: DEBATE

But, for all that, Khan still loves being at St Andrews - and, more importantly, he is still loving the exempt status afforded him by his out-of-the-blue PGA Championship victory at Wentworth in May.

"It's another Open under my belt," he said. "And having already qualified for Royal St Georges next year and Lytham in 2012 thanks to my win at Wentworth, I can plan for those now too.

"What is more, I've still got a lot of good tournaments left this year, starting with the Irish Open, then the WGC Bridgestone Invitational at Akron, followed by the USPGA the following week.

"It will be great to play in another Major, especially on a course that I think I'm going to like.

"And there's still some more world events this year, not to mention my five-year exemption on the European Tour, all from winning at Wentworth.

"That will take me up to 43, when I'll probably still be going.

"And it nice to know that, having started late, maybe I can still have my peak now," said the 38-year-old Epping-born, Chingford pro.



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