PEBBLE BEACH, Calif. (AP) — Thanks to Justin Rose winning the Memorial, Simon Khan of England gets to play in the U.S. Open.
The USGA said Wednesday that Khan accepted a spot in the 156-man field at Pebble Beach. That spot became available when the Memorial winner – Rose, also of England – was not exempt as a multiple PGA Tour winner over the last 12 months.
Khan was the first alternate from the European sectional qualifier, which took place the day after he won the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth.
The European qualifier awarded 12 spots from its 75-man field, including Khan as the first alternate. The qualifier Monday in Columbus, Ohio, filled primarily with PGA Tour players, awarded 15 spots from the 120-man field.