NEWTOWN SQUARE, Pa. — Justin Rose would like to have changed how he reached No. 1 in the world. But not when. Rose felt emotionally conflicted when the BMW Championship ended in a light rain at Aronimink Golf Club. He was going for his third title in the Philadelphia area, including the U.S. Open he won at Merion five years ago. He hit what he thought was one of the better putts he had ever struck under pressure, a 15-footer for par in regulation, only to see it spin hard around
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
ST. LOUIS — Gary Woodland fell in love with Bellerive when he first played it a month ago. It’s a big golf course that would play into the hands of a power player. It would be soft from the stifling heat and humidity of summer, allowing him to be aggressive. Woodland delivered his best performance in a major Thursday at the PGA Championship. All because of his putter. Once he settled down while playing before so many family members and friends, the Kansas-bred Woodland ran off
ST. LOUIS — A walk from the driving range to the 10th tee at Bellerive took longer than usual for Justin Thomas. One marshal wanted an autograph. Another wanted a selfie. He made it under the tunnel to find two more people stopping him for pictures. Thomas eventually made it up the stairs, onto the putting green and up a slight hill to the tee box with thousands of fans crammed on both sides and every seat in the grandstands occupied. That’s where some degree of normalcy returned.