The new BMW PGA champion went into qualifying in high spirits after claiming the European Tour’s flagship event, only to miss out on June’s second Major after some play-off heartbreak.
Khan was the only one in a six-man play-off not to make a birdie at the first extra hole, after playing solidly over 36 holes at Walton Heath.
Fellow Englishman James Morrison emerged victorious with rounds of 68 and 65 to finish two clear of Argentina’s Rafa Echenique and book his place at Pebble Beach.”Unbelievable – I thought one of them would miss,” said Khan, who missed his putt from 15 feet, about the same distance from where he holed a critical putt a day before on Wentworth’s 18th that set up victory.
Meanwhile, Ryder Cup captain Colin Montgomerie missed out on the play-off by three shots, and later blamed poor putting.
Rhys Davies, Gareth Maybin, Gary Boyd and Rafael Cabrera-Bello also qualified and avoided a tense play-off.
Spaniard Pablo Martin and Finn Mikko Ilonen both made birdies in the first play-off group. Then, Swede Rikard Karlberg made a 25-footer before French pair Gregory Havret and Jean-Francois Lucquin holed from 15 and 14 feet respectively.