Bradley holds nerve in play-off to win BMW Championship

Bradley holds nerve in play-off to win BMW Championship

Bradley holds nerve in play-off to win BMW Championship

It had been more than six years since one-time golfing sensation Keegan Bradley had won a PGA Tour event.

And when it finally ended, a day late, with rain still falling on Aronimink Golf Club, it was Bradley celebrating on the 18th green, raising his arms in victory after defeating Justin Rose in a playoff.

With the chances of Monday play in doubt, the event could yet be reduced to 54 holes with standing as of Saturday evening being confirmed and Justin Rose securing his second BMW Championship title.

The final round was pushed back from Sunday to Monday because of constant rain that led to poor course conditions.

Had already clinched top spot in FedEx Cup standings for East Lake, and turned in a solid T-19 at Aronimink.

Only player to crack the top 10 in each of the first three FedEx Cup Playoffs events. Americans Billy Horschel and Xander Schauffele shared third on 261 with Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy on 262.

Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship victor, captured his fourth PGA Tour title and won for the first time since the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational in 2012.

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Webb Simpson and Tiger Woods each shot 65 and tied for sixth at 17 under.

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

Rose, who last week finished two shots back as Bryson DeChambeau won the Dell Technologies Championship, is just the fourth Englishman to top the world rankings, after Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. The 38-year-old narrowly missed a putt for par though, leaving the pair level on 20-under and forcing the additional hole.

Hideki Matsuyama placed 27th in the FedEx Cup points race after the third of four legs that make up the PGA Tour's FedEx Cup playoffs, earning a spot in the season-ending Tour Championship.

Still, Matsuyama, along with Bradley and Rose, finished among the top 30 who are eligible to compete in the September 20-23 event at the East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

"I just want to say go Patriots", said Bradley.

"It has been tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams, to outside the top 100 in the world". Once the putt fell on the 16th after another great approach, Bradley and Rose were nearly out of sight, three shots ahead of the Ulsterman at 21-under.

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