Bradley ends 6-year drought

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 No. 1.

By TT Bureau in Philadelphia
  • Published 12.09.18
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Keegan Bradley kisses son Logan after his victory

Philadelphia: 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 No. 1.

Bradley parred the first extra hole to edge Rose after the pair had finished regulation on 20-under-par 260 at waterlogged Aronimink in suburban Philadelphia.

Rose missed a four-foot putt that would have extended the playoff but still became the 22nd different player to hold the world number one ranking.

"I can't believe this. It's so great," an emotional Bradley said in a greenside interview after securing his fourth PGA Tour victory. "It took a lot of hard work, a lot of people helping me."

Bradley, 32, burst onto the scene with a major victory at the 2011 PGA Championship, but until Monday had not won since 2012.

His victory capped a long week that stretched to Monday after persistent rain left the course unplayable for the scheduled final round on Sunday.

Bradley carded a closing six-under-par 64 and hardly put a foot wrong until he bogeyed the final hole, a mistake that looked like costing him victory.

But Rose subsequently also dropped a shot at the par-four 18th, where his 15-foot putt for the win lipped out.

The pair finished one shot ahead of Americans Xander Schauffele and Billy Horschel.

Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy finished two shots behind, while Tiger Woods was three back, finishing at tied sixth spot.

Reuters

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