Englishman Rose becomes world number one

Rex Christensen
September 14, 2018

He went 12 years before winning on the PGA Tour, rallying from four shots behind to win the Memorial and get that handshake with Jack Nicklaus.

He missed a ton of makeable ones while falling off pace with an even-par 70 Friday and a couple more on the back nine Monday to finish T-6 and secure his spot in the Tour Championship. "It was really kind of odd because I don't normally look at leaderboards, but I looked all day and I felt so solid", Bradley said.

Furyk had been slated to announce Monday his final captain's pick for this month's Ryder Cup in Paris, but that was postponed when the BMW's finish was pushed to Monday and, potentially given the forecast, even Tuesday.

Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship victor, had not won since taking the WGC Bridgestone Invitational.

If the event is shortened, Rose would be the victor and full World Ranking points, FedEx points and prize money would be allotted to the field.

Bradley was a former user of the long, anchored putter and used it to win the 2011 PGA Championship - before anchoring the club to the body was outlawed by rulemakers in 2016. Bradley played first and chipped to within two feet.

Going up the last, McIlroy still had a chance after Bradley found the grandstand and bogeyed, while Rose too was facing a tough up-and-down.

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"It's so gratifying to get what comes with hard work. You look at the scores, 20 under par".

One thing that has made him so successful in the BMW Championship has been his masterful display of putting on the greens.

American 14-time major victor Tiger Woods closed with a 65, moving up to a share of sixth, one shot behind McIlroy. He still was set for to be at the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.

He ended up 31st, having never finished worse than 15th in the final standings in each of the past five years. But he was second in strokes gained, approach to the green, 13th in strokes gained, around the green, and 22nd in strokes gained off the tee. He had 27 putts on Monday. "And I don't think that would have been good enough". Atlanta invitees are exempt into all four of the following year's majors in addition to the season's first two World Golf Championships.

Rose trails Bryson DeChambeau, who won the first two playoff events, in the FedEx Cup standings. He returned to 20th with his sixth-place finish. That past success proves he is capable of taking home the overall FedEx Cup points trophy at some point in his career, just probably not this year. He was going for his third title in the Philadelphia area, including the U.S. Open he won at Merion five years ago.

All of it was procedural, as Woods was sure to get a special exemption from the United States Golf Association.

Perhaps most important of all to Woods - the Tour Championship offers another chance for a victory, where he will need to defeat just 29 players.

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