Monday, 24 September, 2018

BMW Championship: McIlroy fifth after putting woes as Bradley wins play-off

Justin Rose Rose is one shot clear of Northern Ireland's Rory Mc Ilroy and overnight leader Xander Schauffele
| 11 September, 2018, 08:26

Britain's Justin Rose owns a one-shot lead at 17-under par 193 for 54 holes and could rise to world number one with a third PGA victory this season.

Keegan's father, Mark Bradley, has been with Jackson Hole Golf and Tennis for years. Keegan spent many a winter in Jackson Hole skiing and, of course, golfing.

But in the end, getting in the final round turned out to be a milestone for Bradley, the 32-year-old winning his first PGA Tour title in six years-and locking up that spot at East Lake in the process. He's now ranked 66in the world.

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

Rose, who last week finished two shots back as Bryson DeChambeau won the Dell Technologies Championship, is just the fourth Englishman to top the world rankings, after Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. He grinned as he tossed his son, Logan, into the air.


With no chance of making the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings who go on to contest the Tour Championship, Poulter would no doubt have loved to finish up his final round and wrap up his 2017-18 PGA Tour season - but no such luck. But it helped him finish 20th in the FedEx Cup points, meaning a spot in the 30-player Tour Championship next week.

"It's so hard. this is just incredible", Bradley said. He still was set for to be at the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. He said it wasn't how he wanted to get to No. 1, but he was ecstatic regardless. "It's tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams to being outside the top 100 in the world".

Heavy rains soiled Round 4 of the 2018 BMW Championship Sunday to the point where play was suspended before it could get underway. He's been close to breaking through a handful of times over the last two years, but this one meant something more. Look at the quality of players just outside the top 30, Jordan Spieth among them, and there you'll see what an wonderful year this continues to be for Woods.

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.

"It's a game changer for a player like me that's not in the top 50 to get in the Tour Championship", he said.

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