Published: Fri, September 14, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Bradley wins BMW Championship, Tiger falls short once more

Bradley wins BMW Championship, Tiger falls short once more

Justin Rose didn't win the 2018 BMW Championship - in fact, he lost in heartbreaking fashion during a sudden death playoff - but he did achieve something maybe even bigger on Monday at Aronimink.

Rose needs to win to displace American Dustin Johnson and become the 22nd man to be world number one 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.

However, Rose is one of five players who could land the $10 million (£7.7 million) FedEx Cup bonus if he wins the Tour Championship in Atlanta next week.

"That's an unbelievable achievement, something I'm extraordinarily proud of", the Englishman said in a greenside interview after getting to the top of the tree.

"I assume it will either be a fine or I'm adding some [events] in the fall". Rose chose to putt his ball and left himself a knee-knocking five-footer, which he missed, allowing Bradley to tap in for the victory.


"It's boyhood dreams, know what I mean?"

Bryson DeChambeau enters the Tour Championship atop the FedEx Cup points race.

More than three inches of rain since late Thursday night drenched the layout and organizers decided Sunday afternoon to delay the final round until 13:00 on Monday with threesomes starting off the front and back nines. Only Rory McIlroy, Tiger Woods, Greg Norman and Faldo have held the No. 1 ranking for longer. He found a bunker on the par-3 14th for another bogey.

Still, he's happy to even have just a slight chance. "And that's so huge for a player where I am at this point, because then I can play my way back into the top 50". Woods, coming back from injury, made the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.

"I played a few tournaments now where I was close at the end and at the end of the season here to say that I made it back to the Tour Championship after what I've been through is a pretty good accomplishment", Woods said. He fell out of the top 30 and will miss the Tour Championship for the first time. And he will face a possible penalty from the PGA Tour for failing to play enough events this year as part of its field enhancement criteria. This year he did not add a new event, and the Ryder Cup - which counts - will give him just 24. Spieth also must qualify for the season finale to play the minimum 25 events this season or face a fine.

Schauffele was considered a top contender to be US Ryder Cup leader Jim Furyk's captain's choice final pick.

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