Rose 'de­lighted' to be world No. 1 as Bradley wins BMW ti­tle

Golf Asia - - GOLFING TEE BOX -

A 'de­lighted' Justin Rose of Bri­tain as­sured the world num­ber one rank­ing for the first time in his ca­reer with a solo run­ner-up Mon­day fin­ish at the PGA BMW Cham­pi­onship. The 38-year-old English­man fired a three-un­der par 67 in the fi­nal round at Aron­imink Golf Club to match Amer­i­can Kee­gan Bradley atop the leader­board at 20-un­der 260 for 72 holes.

Fourth-ranked Rose, who lipped out a 15-foot par putt on the 18th, needed a vic­tory or a solo sec­ond­place fin­ish be­hind any­one but Amer­i­can Justin Thomas to claim the num­ber one rank­ing. But Rose set­tled for sec­ond-best on the day by mak­ing a bo­gey to Bradley's par on the first play­off hole, the par-4 18th.

Rose was still ex­cited at his rank­ing feat de­spite the de­feat. "De­lighted to be world num­ber one. It's boy­hood dreams," Rose said. "That's an amaz­ing achieve­ment. It's some­thing I'm ex­traor­di­nar­ily proud of."

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