Rose at last becomes world No 1 despite playoff loss to Bradley

Sports | 12 Sep 2018

Englishman Justin Rose became the world's No 1 golfer when he finished second at the BMW Championship, where he lost a playoff with American Keegan Bradley in suburban Philadelphia.

The disappointment of not winning the tournament at Aronimink was eased by Rose's rise to the top of the rankings for the first time, replacing American Dustin Johnson. "That's an amazing achievement, something I'm extraordinarily proud of," said Rose, the 22nd player to hold the top spot since the rankings began in 1986. "I would love to have got there by winning."

Bradley, 32, parred the first extra hole to edge Rose, 38, after the pair had finished regulation on 20-under-par 260. Rose missed a four-foot putt that would have extended the playoff.

The pair finished one shot ahead of Xander Schauffele and Billy Horschel. Rory McIlroy finished two shots behind, while Tiger Woods was three back.


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