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England's Simon Khan

England's Simon Khan

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Golfer Simon Khan, who learned the game playing with his grandfather on the Fylde Coast, had plenty to celebrate after qualifying for next month’s United States Open.

Khan, now based in Essex, came back from the heartache of missing out in a play-off for the PGA Championship at Wentworth to earn one of the prized US spots in the qualifier at Walton Heath.

Many a time, Khan would visit his grandparents’ South Fylde home as a youngster as he started to learn the game.

Khan really got hooked when Seve Ballesteros won at Lytham in 1988 and he worked as a scoreboard carrier.

At Walton Heath, Khan hit a seven under score, which was more than enough for him to take his place at Merion on June 13 - his two round total was 137.

He said: “I don’t know a lot about Merion, but it looks fantastic from the pictures I’ve seen.

“It will be my third US Open and I love the tournament - it will be fantastic to go back.”

n Lancashire continued their blistering start to the season as they demolished neighbours Cheshire 14-4 in a Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League match at Bromborough.

They powered their way through the foursomes 5-1 and the contest was over after they claimed the first seven singles when the only resistance came from Cheshire captain David Peel who beat Bury’s Ciaran Doherty by two holes.