Kee­gan Bradley Snaps Six-year Win Drought

Wins thrilling BMW Cham­pi­onship in a play-off

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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

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