Rain plays spoilsport

Englishman Justin Rose could become world No. 1 without hitting another shot following Sunday's washout at the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania.

By Reuters in Philadelphia
  • Published 10.09.18
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Justin Rose

Philadelphia: Englishman Justin Rose could become world No. 1 without hitting another shot following Sunday's washout at the BMW Championship in Pennsylvania.

Persistent rain on Sunday gave PGA Tour officials no choice but to postpone the final round at Aronimink in suburban Philadelphia until Monday.

But with more rain forecast at an already waterlogged course there is no guarantee conditions will be playable. Officials are leaving their options open, among them reducing the event to 54 holes.

Under Tour rules, half the field must complete the final round by Monday for an event to extend into Tuesday.

If the tournament is cut to 54 holes, Rose would win after posting a 17-under-par 193 total on Saturday, one stroke better than Northern Irishman Rory McIlroy and American Xander Schauffele.

Schauffele bogeyed the 54th hole when he missed a 10-foot putt to fall out of a tie for the lead.

Rose needs to win to displace American Dustin Johnson and become the 22nd man to be world number one since the rankings began in 1986.

On Saturday, Rose carded six-under-par 64. Englishman Rose notched six birdies on the front nine before running off nine successive pars in perfect scoring conditions on the rain-soaked Aronimink course outside Philadelphia.

He recorded a 17-under 193 total, while Northern Irishman McIlroy (63) vaulted into equal second place with American Schauffele (67) on 16-under.

McIlroy sank a 40-foot birdie putt at the last, while Schauffele bogeyed the same hole, missing a 10-footer.

Tiger Woods did not capitalise on a birdie, birdie start, plodding to a 66 that left him five shots adrift.