Khan gives hard-to-please wife a memorable birthday gift
By Tony Jimenez
VIRGINIA WATER, England (Reuters) - Britain's Simon Khan gave his wife Lesley the perfect 42nd birthday present on Sunday when he took home the prized PGA Championship trophy.
"She is the hardest woman to buy for," the 37-year-old European Tour journeyman told reporters at Wentworth. "I just managed to get a card for her from me and my daughter this morning.
"She just said, 'Look, I'm not worried about it, you just concentrate on what you're doing. Go and do it.
"Now we're going to stay up in London for a night and go to Harvey Nichols or something like that and just let her loose," said the Englishman after receiving a first prize of 750,000 euros ($937,800) for his win at the tour's flagship event.
Khan lost his tour card last year and had to go to Qualifying School to win it back, which he did in grand style by winning the six-round event in Spain.
However, he still needed a sponsor's invite to get into this week's tournament.
"This is an event I've had in my mind all the way through the year," he said after a closing 66 gave him a six-under tally of 278 and a one-shot victory over fellow Englishman Luke Donald and Swede Fredrik Andersson Hed.
"To get the call on Monday and to get in, that was elation. It would have been hard not to play this week.
"I just love the place, love coming here and enjoy being here."
Khan ended his round in dramatic style, a snaking 18-foot putt turning at the last moment before dropping in at the back of the hole at the 18th.
"I haven't seen one like that all week," he said after becoming the first invited player to win the PGA Championship. "Maybe it was meant to happen."
It was Khan's second tour victory and came almost six years after his first, at the 2004 Wales Open.
(Editing by Sonia Oxley)