Keegan Bradley prevailed Monday at rain-soaked Aronimink Golf Club to beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win the BMW Championship.
Bradley, who had not won on the PGA Tour since 2012, earned his fourth career win. He shot a 6-under 64 Monday to force the playoff at 20-under. He then made par on the par-4 18th — the first playoff hole — while Rose made bogey after a wayward drive left off the tee.
In regulation, Bradley birdied the 16th and 17th to set himself up for a chance to win, but he bogeyed 18 to fall one shot behind Rose. But Rose lipped out on 18 for par, to fall even with Bradley.
Congratulations @Keegan_Bradley ! ?
He’s won for the first time in 6 years @BMWChamps . #LiveUnderPar pic.twitter.com/XN86JNkgtY
— PGA TOUR (@PGATOUR) September 10, 2018
The victory also vaulted Bradley from 52nd in the FedEx Cup points standings to sixth, qualifying him for the season-ending Tour Championship.
Ryder Cup hopefuls Xander Schauffele and Billy Horschel tied for third at 19-under. Horschel shot a 6-under 64 Monday, while Schauffele shot a 3-under 67.
The fourth round was rained out Sunday as torrential downpours swept across the Philadelphia region. Play was also suspended Saturday morning as players watched rain pelt the course.
Rory McIlroy finished fifth at 18-under after firing a final-round 2-under 68. Despite failing to win a major this season, he still has eight top-6 finishes this year.
Tiger Woods made an early charge Monday to finish t-6 with Webb Simpson at 17-under. Woods needed a good finish to make the Tour Championship at East Lake, and he made the field after recently earning a captain’s pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team.
Tony Finau, largely considered the favorite to earn Jim Furyk’s final pick, finished in a tie for eighth at 16-under. He now has the most top-10 finishes on the PGA Tour this season.
Monday was also Finau’s 15th straight round in the 60s, the longest such streak on the PGA Tour this season.
Furyk had been slated to announce Monday his final captain’s pick for this month’s Ryder Cup in Paris, but that was postponed when the BMW’s finish was pushed to Monday and, potentially given the forecast, even Tuesday.
Rose’s second straight runner-up finish helped him overtake Dustin Johnson atop the world ranking.
BREAKING: @JustinRose99 is the new world number 1 after sealing a top two finish at the @BMWchamps . pic.twitter.com/EkPUf4yt3B
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) September 10, 2018
The final FedEx Cup Playoff event before the Tour Championship Sept. 20-23 in Atlanta cost Jordan Spieth a berth in the season finale.
Spieth, who entered the BMW at 27th in FedEx Cup points, finished the event at minus-3 and slipped the 31st in the points standings. Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, marking the first time Spieth has missed the event since turning pro.
Emiliano Grillo, who entered the week at 29th, also dropped out of the top 30. Meantime, Schauffele jumped from 41st to 18th with his strong finish.