It has been a busy Spring/Summer season for Simon Khan. The numero-sponsored, European Tour professional golfer has completed a busy schedule over the past four months, playing in eight different championships spanning two continents and six countries. During this time he has played in some of the biggest events in golf, including the Volvo China Open and the BMW PGA Championship.
Simon’s latest outting, in the 141st Open Championship, resulted in a top 50 finish against one of the toughest field of players this year. On course for a top 10 finish half way through the final round (at one under par after seven holes), the former European Tour winner eventually closed with a final round 76 in testing conditions.
Speaking to BBC Radio Essex, Simon said:
“I didn’t play my best golf. I did all right on the front nine but, with the wind getting up and the greens getting firmer, it made it tough coming home.
“I was so in control after seven holes and it was bit of a shock what happened next. I could have been bailed out by my putter, but I had three five footers in a row for par and missed them all.
He added: “I’ve now just to concentrate on finishing top 30 in the European Order of Merit and getting qualification to the Open at Muirfield next year.
“That’s the minimum requirement as I know I’m a better player than I’m looking at the moment.”
Look forward, Simon was scheduled to appear in the Jonnie Walker at Gleneagles in August, although the golfer revealed that a wrist injury has prevented him from competing in that particular tournament. This is extremely unfortunate as Simon was really looking forward to the event when he spoke with the Sky Sports team at Gleneagles earlier in the week. As you can see from our photograph his television interview provided some great exposure for the numero brand.
Writing on social media platform Twitter, he commented:
“Had to withdraw from JW [Johnnie Walker] at Gleneagles . Wrist injury, gutted. Hope to be back for Holland [KLM Open].”
The numero team shares Simon’s disappointment as we signed our sponsorship deal with him at this event last year – see Essence of the European Tour article. The Johnnie Walker event is one of the flagship events in the calendar and has greater prominence than ever this year as the last to count for a place on the Ryder Cup team. Despite Simon’s absence this week we will follow the event with great interest, remembering the fantastic two days we enjoyed in his company at Glenagles in 2011.
From all of us at numero, we’d like to wish Simon a speedy recovery and we look forward to seeing him in action again very soon. Keep checking the numero CRM blog for more updates on his condition.