Bradley ends six-year drought with win

Calgary Herald - - SPORTS -

NEW­TOWN SQUARE, PA. Kee­gan Bradley held off Justin Rose in a sud­den-death play­off to win the rain-plagued BMW Championship on Mon­day for his first PGA Tour vic­tory in six years.

Though Rose was run­ner-up at the FedEx Cup play­off event at Aron­imink, he didn’t come up short in the world rank­ing. Rose hit No. 1 in the world and be­came the 22nd player to reach the top spot since the rank­ing be­gan in 1986.

Bradley, who shot a fi­nal round 6-un­der 64 to fin­ish at 20-un­der par, thrust his arms to­ward the grey sky and driz­zle in cel­e­bra­tion and waved his fam­ily onto the 18th hole. He tossed his young son Lo­gan — who hadn’t even been born in 2012, the last time Bradley won on the tour — into the air.

“A lot has hap­pened to me over th­ese six years,” Bradley said.

“I kind of fell of the radar there for a lit­tle while. It’s tough to go from be­ing on Ry­der Cup teams, be­ing on Pres­i­dents Cup teams to be­ing out­side the top 100 in the world.”

Tiger Woods shot a 65 and fin­ished in a tie for sixth at 17 un­der.

Ab­bots­ford, B.C.’s Adam Had­win shot a 67 Mon­day to fin­ish at 12 un­der, tied for 19th.

Bradley, 32, fin­ished with his fourth ca­reer vic­tory and first since the 2012 WGC-Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional. He gets a trip to Maui to start next year for the win­ner­sonly Sen­try Tour­na­ment of Cham­pi­ons.

Rose could have won in reg­u­la­tion, but lipped out on the last hole to force the play­off.

He fell short again in the play­off, miss­ing a five-foot par putt that would have kept him alive. The 38-year-old Rose had grown to love the sub­ur­ban Philadel­phia golf cour­ses. He won the 2010 AT&T Na­tional at Aron­imink and the 2013 U.S. Open at Me­rion.

He didn’t get a tro­phy on this trip. But a No. 1 rank­ing will do. Rose, who over­took Dustin John­son, joins Nick Faldo, Lee West­wood and Luke Don­ald as the only English­men to reach No. 1.

“I’m de­lighted to be world No. 1,” Rose said. “Boy­hood dreams, you know what I mean?”

Kee­gan Bradley

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