posted on Jun, 6 2004 @ 04:48 PM
England's Simon Khan made a 3-foot birdie putt on the second playoff hole Sunday to beat countryman Paul Casey and win the Wales Open.
Khan, who had a course-record 61 in the second round, rallied from four shots off the lead over the final seven holes. He birdied Nos. 13, 14 and 16
and closed with a 5-under 67. The victory was his first on the European tour.
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. Khan held
his nerve to birdie the 74th hole and claim the £250,000 prize. The 31-year-old from Essex equalled the tour record with a front nine of 27 in his
course record 61 on Friday, when he threatened to shoot the first sub-60 round in Europe. He had never finished higher than fourth before however and
looked destined to miss out on victory when Casey was four clear with seven holes to play. Khan's win came just seven days after Scott Drummond's even
more surprising victory in the PGA Championship. And he earlier revealed how he had been inspired by the world number 435's triumph at Wentworth.