Justin Rose is new world No 1 but rues play-off loss

Doug Mendoza
September 11, 2018

Bradley would calmly tapped in for par on the first playoff hole after Rose bogied to capture his first title in six years.

Rose ascended to the No. 1 ranking in the Official World Golf Rankings and became just the 22nd golfer in history to do so.

Rose, who lipped out a 15-foot par putt on the 18th, needed a victory or a solo second-place finish behind anyone but American Justin Thomas to claim the number one ranking.

"[If I] made a few more putts this week, could have been a different deal coming down the stretch but even though, you know, I finished at 17 and I had three good looks on the last three holes - or two of the last three holes".

But McIlroy was left to wonder what might have been as he played in a final group for the fifth time this season and had 32 putts in a 68 to finish solo fifth, two shots outside the play-off on 18-under. "I'm delighted to have got to the top".

"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".

"I was in control of my own destiny and didn't have it this week, " said Spieth, who shot 73 on Monday at Aronimink Golf Club to tie for 54th.

On a course where he once won the AT&T National, Rose shot a 3-under 67 on Monday to get into a playoff with Keegan Bradley.

"To have a chance to win again this year, it's a very positive feeling, " he said. He gets a trip to Maui to start next year for the winners-only Sentry Tournament of Champions.

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Turns out, a 62 would have put him in the playoff.

The first tee time was scheduled for 7:30 a.m.

Woods tweeted on August 30, 2017 that doctors had cleared him to chip and putt, four months after undergoing fusion surgery on his back - his fourth back procedure in all.

"To say that I made it back to the Tour Championship after what I've been through is a pretty good accomplishment", Woods said.

TV coverage for Monday's 2018 BMW Championship's Round 4 begins at 10 am EST on Golf Channel.

The American pair were the only two players to move from outside of the top-30 inside the bubble, with Jordan Spieth and Emiliano Grillo both dropping out and seeing their season end a week early.

Failing to make the Tour Championship means Spieth will fall short of a PGA Tour requirement to compete in 25 events in a season, while he also did not fulfil a stipulation to play a tournament he had not featured in over the last four years.

Still to be determined is the penalty. THE PLAYERS was Simpson's first win in more than four years.

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

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