Justin Rose is new world number one despite agony at BMW Championship

Ross Houston
September 12, 2018

Once the putt fell on the 16th after another great approach, Bradley and Rose were nearly out of sight, three shots ahead of the Ulsterman at 21-under.

"I can't believe this". He tossed into the air his young son, Logan, who hadn't even been born in 2012, the last time Bradley won on the tour.

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

"It's something I can say now in my career I've been the best player in the world".

"It has been tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams, to outside the top 100 in the world".

"It s so gratifying to get what comes with hard work". Rose said. "Today is all about the process, and there will be next week to win tournaments".

The final round was pushed back from Sunday to Monday because of constant rain that led to poor course conditions.

Bradley carded a closing six-under 64 and hardly put a foot wrong until he bogeyed the final hole, a mistake that looked set to cost him victory.

Rose lipped out on the 72nd green as he tried to win in regulation and he then saw a five-foot par putt lip out on the first playoff hole to hand the title to Bradley.

Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy, who trailed then-leader Rose by one shot after round three, finished fifth following a 68. "I kind of fell of the radar there for a little while".

Of his putt at the last to win, he said: "I thought it was as good a putt as I've hit to win a tournament".

"It's not the way I have normally started the playoffs but I'm still in a good position and, mathematically, everyone at the Tour Championships can win the FedExCup", Day said. I always envisaged myself getting to number one by winning tournaments and obviously the last two weeks I haven't won.

Returning for a rare Monday finish due to the weather - for the second week in a row after the traditional Labor Day conclusion to the Deutsche Bank Championship - McIlroy started one shot off Justin Rose. "It's (the stuff of) boyhood dreams". The top 30 on a season-long points list advance to next week's Tour Championship in Atlanta.

Tiger Woods moved from 25th to 20th in the playoff standings with his sixth-place finish at the BMW.

The 28-year-old completes the 12-man American line-up that will defend the trophy against Europe in the biennial team golf showdown from Sept 28-30 in France.

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