Casey, Khan, Ollie among 12 U.S. Open qualifiers


It took Simon Khan about, oh, 24 hours to get over his playoff loss at the BMW PGA Championship.

On Monday, the 40-year-old journeyman shot rounds of 67-70 and earned one of 12 available spots at the 36-hole U.S. Open sectional qualifier at Walton Heath in England. Khan is now exempt into the Open at Merion, which begins June 13.

Khan led the field of 94 players at 7-under 137, followed by Paul Casey, Morten Orum Madsen, Marcus Fraser, Eddie Pepperell, Jaco Van Zyl and Peter Hedblom.

A six-man playoff at 3 under was required to determine the final five spots: John Parry, Chris Doak, Rikard Karlberg, Estanislao Goya, David Howell and 2012 European Ryder Cup captain Jose Maria Olazabal

Karlberg was the odd man out in the playoff and is now the first alternate.