American Keegan Bradley ended a six-year drought when he won the BMW Championship in a playoff with Justin Rose on Monday, though the Englishman's consolation was to become world number one. Rose was this close to getting there with a victory.
The emotion of his winless drought, which stretched back to his 2012 WGC-Bridgestone title, boiled to the surface as he defeated Justin Rose in extra holes at Aronimink Golf Club.
Rose lipped out a 15-foot par putt at the 72nd hole to shoot three-under par 67 and match Bradley, who closed with a 64, on 20-under 260 at rain-softened Aronimink in a final round delayed a day by showers.
He has the No. 1 ranking to prove it. He is the fourth player from England, joining Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Nick Faldo.
It was unbelievable play even finished Monday after rain soaked the course overnight and pushed up tee times.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile was five shots behind after a 66 in the third round that didn't allow him to make up any ground on the lead.
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Woods missed a 6-footer for birdie at the seventh hole but when he birdied the ninth, he turned in 31 and was just one stroke back of the leaders. He found a bunker on the par-3 14th for another bogey.
"But at the end of the season, to say that I made it to the Tour Championship after what I've been through is a pretty good accomplishment", Woods added.
They will try again on Monday but with a similarly dire forecast and a saturated course that simply can not take any more punishment, there is every chance the event will be reduced to 54 holes.
Woods was referring to the special exemption that he was sure to get and unlikely to need in order to play in the championship he's won three times. It's been a hard road back, and this is just. "I'd hate to round off the season with three seconds, but that could be good enough next week, you just never know". He had his fourth back surgery last April, and at this time previous year he had just been cleared to chip and putt. Spieth won the FedEx Cup in 2015.
Jordan Spieth is likely to be fined $20,000 for failing to play the minimum 25 tour events after failing to reach the Tour Championship. This year he did not add a new event, and the Ryder Cup - which counts - will give him just 24.
Still to be determined is the penalty.
"I was in control of my own destiny and didn't have it this week", said United States Ryder Cup team member Spieth. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began a year ago.