Justin Rose 20 Year Journey Leads to No. 1 Ranking

Annette Crawford
September 14, 2018

Keegan Bradley has beaten Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff to win the BMW Championship on Monday for his first PGA Tour victory in six long years.

"That's an wonderful achievement, something I'm extraordinarily proud of", the Englishman said in a greenside interview after becoming the 22nd man to hold the top spot since the rankings began in 1986.

Bradley, who shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish at 20-under par, thrust his arms toward the gray sky and drizzle in celebration and waved his family onto the 18th hole.

Mathematically, Woods still has a chance to win the FedEx Cup, although it would require several top players to lose form.

"I'm glad it's over", Matsuyama said. "I kind of fell of the radar there for a little while". Rose, who overtook Dustin Johnson, joins Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald as the only Englishmen to reach No. 1. He has only missed one putt within ten feet the entire tournament, and it is probably because he had the chance to work exclusively on that while he was injured since he could not make full swings.

Rose trails Bryson DeChambeau, who won the first two playoff events, in the FedEx Cup standings. "It's (the stuff of) boyhood dreams".

However, inclement weather in the Philadelphia area throughout Sunday meant the decision was taken to shift the final round back a day.


The fourth round was a washout Sunday because of steady rain that has left the course unplayable. "Hit a great putt in regulation to (try and) win it, but then it was a poor playoff putt from me".

Five-time BMW championship victor Tiger Woods mounted another vintage charge, but a late back-nine stumble has been the story of his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery.

"Truthfully I was really fixated on making the Tour Championship, and I kind of knew if we didn't play today, I was in it", he said Monday afternoon in the media center, sitting next to both the BMW Championship trophy and the FedExCup.

Casey suffered a back problem on the eve of The Players Championship in May and was forced to pull out ahead of the first round at Sawgrass, although he returned to action a fortnight later in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, finishing in a tie for 20th. Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, marking the first time Spieth has missed the event since turning pro.

"When you talk about your career, those are the three highlights (winning a Major, playing in the Ryder Cup and being World No.1)".

Tony Finau, largely considered the favorite to earn Jim Furyk's final pick, finished in a tie for eighth at 16-under.

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