Bradley beats new World No.1 Rose to end win drought

Bradley beats new World No.1 Rose to end win drought

Rose, reigning Olympic champion and 2013 US Open victor, could have sealed victory with a par putt at the last regulation hole but missed narrowly.

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.

From first becoming a top-10 player in 2007 after a poor start to his career; re-entering the top 10 in 2012; rising to third in the world in 2013 after a runner-up finish at the AP Invitational; up to second after the 2018 Open; and now to No 1 as the 2017-18 PGA Tour season wraps up.

Spieth would be the first player to violate the rule in its two years of existence.

"Today is all about the process, and there will be next week to win tournaments".

Bradley was a former user of the long, anchored putter and used it to win the 2011 PGA Championship - before anchoring the club to the body was outlawed by rulemakers in 2016.

Americans Billy Horschel and Xander Schauffele shared third on 261 with Northern Ireland s Rory McIlroy on 262.

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"I hit a great putt in regulation to win it", Rose said.

Tiger Woods moved from 25th to 20th in the playoff standings with his sixth-place finish at the BMW.

"The belly putter was a tougher transition than I thought, and I kind of fell off the radar there for a little while".

"The name of the game is you've got to make putts and you've got to roll it", Woods said after the second round, according to ESPN.

"I played a few tournaments now where I was close at the end and at the end of the season here to say that I made it back to the Tour Championship after what I ve been through is a pretty good accomplishment", Woods said.

Players are required to play in 25 events in a season or risk a fine; Spieth played in 24 events and was clearly banking on making East Lake his 25th. He obviously made his schedule around the intended reality that he would both make it to the Tour Championship and be on the Ryder Cup team.