Keegan Bradley Snaps Six-year Win Drought
Wins thrilling BMW Championship in a play-off
American Keegan Bradley snapped a six-year US PGA winless skid, parring the first playoff hole to defeat new world number one Justin Rose for the BMW Championship crown. Bradley won his fourth career title, his third in a playoff, to deny Rose his third triumph of the season even though the runner-up effort was enough to see the Englishman atop the rankings for the first time in his career.
Rose lipped out a 15-foot par putt at the 72nd hole to shoot three-under par 67 and match Bradley, who closed with a 64, on 20-under 260 at rain-softened Aronimink Golf Club in a final round delayed a day by showers.
Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, had not won since taking the WGC Bridgestone Invitational and it was also his first title since abandoning the controversial belly putter. "A lot has happened to me over these six years," Bradley said. "The belly putter was a tougher transition than I thought, and I kind of fell off the radar there for a little while. 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. That was difficult."
Bradley responded by regrouping with coach Darren May and slowly revamping his game to its peak form. "I felt so calm today. It was really kind of strange because I don't normally look at leaderboards, but I looked all day and I felt so solid," Bradley said. "It's so gratifying to get what comes with hard work. Sometimes you never even get it. To be back here and win this tournament is just incredible."
Tiger Woods produced a closing 65 to share sixth place on 263 and ensure himself a spot in the 30-man finale. Woods has been in the hunt at majors, finishing second at last month's PGA Championship and leading on Sunday in July's British Open, but still seeks his first win in more than five years.
"I played a few tournaments now where I was close at the end and at the end of the season here to say that I made it back to the Tour Championship after what I've been through is a pretty good accomplishment," Woods said. "To have a chance to win again this year, it's a very positive feeling. If I had made a few more putts this week could have been a different deal coming down the stretch."
BMW Championship 2018 winner, Keegan Bradley