Rose waits through a day of rain at BMW Cham­pi­onship

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

NEW­TOWN SQUARE, Pa. (AP) — Two putts be­gan tak­ing on more sig­nif­i­cance with each rain de­lay un­til there was no golf at all Sun­day at the BMW Cham­pi­onship.

Aron­imink Golf Club al­ready was sat­u­rated when a steady rain caused tiny streams and large pud­dles in the fair­ways, leav­ing the PGA Tour lit­tle choice but to wait un­til Mon­day to ei­ther play the fi­nal round or de­cide to cut short the third FedEx Cup play­off event to 54 holes.

“We had a golf course we couldn’t play,” said Slug­ger White, the tour’s vice pres­i­dent of com­pe­ti­tion. “We’re shov­el­ing sand against the tide.”

Justin Rose was ahead by one shot, all be­cause of one putt.

He was tied with Xan­der Schauf­fele on the 18th hole of the third round Satur­day when Schauf­fele’s 8-foot par putt rimmed around the high side of the cup, giving him a bo­gey and Rose the lead.

Rose can go to No. 1 in the world for the first time in his ca­reer with a vic­tory, mak­ing him the 22nd player to reach the top since the rank­ing be­gan in 1986. He also would be the No. 2 seed be­hind Bryson DeCham­beau among the top 30 who ad­vance to the Tour Cham­pi­onship in two weeks, giving him a clear shot at the $10 mil­lion prize.

Kee­gan Bradley might be there, too, all be­cause of one putt.

Bradley left his 50-foot birdie putt about 7 feet short on the 18th hole Satur­day. He made that for par to fin­ish the third round in sixth place, three shots out of the lead. That pro­jects him to move up 22 spots into the 30th po­si­tion in the FedEx Cup, which would bump out Jor­dan Spi­eth.

Still to be de­ter­mined was whether another shot is hit — or enough of them.

“We will do ev­ery­thing we can to play to­mor­row,” White said.

The fore­cast was for light, scat­tered show­ers Mon­day morn­ing, with thun­der­storms de­vel­op­ing in the af­ter­noon. The hope was that the rain would be light enough to play, and the thun­der­storms would be slow to de­velop.

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