Keegan Bradley Wins a Rain-Delayed 2018 BMW Championship in a playoff
Newtown Square, PA – After Sunday’s play was canceled due to heavy prolonged rains in the Philadelphia area, Keegan Bradley beat the rest of the field to the finish line on a wet Monday at the penultimate leg of the FedEx Cup at Aronimink. After ending regulation play tied with Justin Rose, the pair played the 18th hole one more time. Bradley’s victory (-20) was the first in six years for the 32-year-old American. With the win, Bradley jumped 46 spots to number 6 in the FedEx Cup rankings heading into the Tour Championship at East Lake.
While Bryson’s DeChambeau’s hold on the number one spot in the rankings could not be taken away this week, there was plenty of jostling for positions among the top 30. Notably, Jordan Spieth ended up in the 31st spot and missed out on the Tour Championship for the first time while Tiger Woods made the year-end event nearly one year after being cleared to hit chips and pitches following his spinal fusion. Woods, who will begin the Tour Championship in the 20th position, got off to a hot start Thursday, taking an early lead and putting fans on 59 Watch until late in his round. Notably, Woods also put his famous Scotty Cameron back in the bag this week, the putter that he carried for 13 of his 14 major championships.
Other notable finishes throughout the week included Xander Schauffele, who finished T3 one back at -19. His pair of weekend 67s weren’t quite good enough to win the tournament on the back of his opening 63-64, but his finish was enough to move him inside the top 30 to 18 in the FedEx Cup rankings. Also T-3 was Billy Horschel, who has made a habit of making a charge late in the season.
While ball striking has never been his issue, Keegan Bradley led the field in strokes gained putting this week. Despite losing in a playoff, Justin Rose became #1 in the world rankings for the first time in his career. He also moved to second in the FedEx Cup rankings, cementing his place in the top 5 and meaning that he controls his own destiny with a win at the Tour Championship. The season-ending tournament kicks off September 20 at East Lake in Atlanta, where Xander Schauffele will defend.
Keegan Bradley What’s In The Bag
Putter: Odyssey Works Versa 1W prototype
Ball: Srixon Z STAR XV