Newtown Square, Pa – Keegan Bradley fired a final round 64 on Monday at the BMW Championship on a rain soaked Aronimink Golf Club, but it appeared that he’d come up a stroke short after his bogey at the last. Justin Rose only needed par on the home hole to seal the deal at -21, but when his par putt from 12 feet lipped out, the playoff was on. Both players returned to the 18th for the 1st hole of sudden death, and that’s all it took. Both Keegan Bradley and Rose had short par putts, Rose from 5 feet, Keegan was inside 3. Rose’s par putt wasn’t even close, a gift for sure. Keegan’s wasted no time and poured his into the cup for the win. The fourth of his career and the first in six years. For Rose, (who needed the solo second place finish to become No.1 in the World for the first time) it was a bittersweet way to finish the week, he seemed to have the tournament won twice, but couldn’t quite finish it.
“I’m disappointed right now,” Rose said. “To bogey the 72nd hole and then to do it again in a playoff is obviously something I’m not going to be that happy about. Obviously, a big consolation being world No. 1. That’s something that I will look back on this week and think that it was an incredible achievement and an incredible moment.”
For Bradley who now has a young family, this is a re-birth of a career that seemed lost. His first win in 160 events. “I came out today, I just felt great. I don’t normally love looking at leaderboards, but I watched them all day. And it was just my day, it feels so good. It was a hard road back, but it feels good.”
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the week was Jordan Spieth, who came into the BMW Championship 26th in the Fedex Cup standings. After a 73 he finished outside the top 30. He will miss the Tour Championship for the first time in his career.
Rory McIlroy finished in fifth place at -18. Tiger Woods finished tied for sixth at 17 under par.
After the BMW, Team USA Ryder Cup Captain Jim Furyk named Tony Finau as his final selection to the squad.