American Keegan Bradley was glad that his hard work finally paid off after he ended a six-year drought by winning the BMW Championship in a play-off with Justin Rose on Monday, although the Englishman's consolation was to become world No. 1 for the first time in his career.
Bradley, who fired a six-under 64 in the final round after beginning the day three shots behind Rose, had been watching anxiously at the side of the course with his family and he then returned to take advantage of his extra opportunity. The victor of the tournament, which is the penultimate event in the FedEx Cup playoffs, takes home a $1.62 million paycheck.
Rose could have won in regulation but lipped out on the last hole to force the playoff.
On adding the achievement of becoming number one to his major title and the Olympic gold medal he won in 2016, Rose said: "That's obviously boyhood-dream stuff".
Tour members were encouraged to add a tournament to their schedule that they hadn't featured in for the last four years, although they would be exempt if they made 25 starts.
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"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".
"To have a chance to win again this year, it s a very positive feeling". That was about the time he was just starting to cope with back pain.More news: Trump declares state of emergency in Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence
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"I talked to the Tour a little while back and I didn't really think much of it and it becomes a situation then".
Spieth and Emiliano Grillo were the only two players who fell out of the top 30.
The top 30 on a season-long points list advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta starting on Thursday week.
Under the new policy, which was approved at the policy board's final meeting on November 22, any player who participated in 25 or more official money events during the current or previous season is exempt from the requirement (of adding a new tournament).
Last year, Spieth met the 1 in 4 rule and played 24 times. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began previous year.
"It's something I can say now in my career I've been the best player in the world".
By this stage Bradley was making his charge at 18-under for the tournament, while playing partner Rose was stretching away at the same mark and Xander Schauffele had moved one ahead.