Kahn Gets Entry To PGA

England’s Simon Khan has been given an invitation to join the prestigious US PGA tournament at Whistling Straits next week, a last minute decision that also saw two other players given late entries.

Khan took his biggest purse to date with a win in the BMW PGA Championship in May this year, a success that has elevated him to number 102 in the current world rankings. With 156 players taking to the course at Whistling Straits there is much competition to consider for the Englishman, including world number 100 Gonzalo Fernandez –Castano and Noh Seun-Yul from South Korea, the two other players given late invitations to the US PGA.

Khan, who was thirty eight this year, turned professional in 1991 and has enjoyed middling success as he has become an established player on the European circuit, and will be hoping his fine form this season will continue at the major US event next week.

Other notable entries went to Justin Leonard, now down to number 101 in the world – just a place ahead of Khan – who earns his right to enter thanks to his winnings on the PGA tour last season, plus Ben Curtis and Boo Weekley whose Ryder Cup exploits and current standings inside the world top 100 give them entries.

This week’s WGC-Bridgestone and Turning Stone Resort tournament winners will occupy the two remaining positions on the US PGA, giving the line up a very current feel.
Defending champion of the US PGA is YE Yang of South Korea. Also 38, Yang is a regular on the world stage and is in the top 40 players in the world right now but will have strong opposition against him at Whistling Straits next week. The American-based Korean will be hoping that his recent good form continues as he looks to add to his successes so far.