Fifth placed finish for Rory McIlroy at BMW Championship

Justin Rose

American Keegan Bradley won the BMW Championship in a play-off with Justin Rose on Monday.

But he remains tied with Sir Nick Faldo with nine titles each as he was unable to match Keegan Bradley's par on the first play-off hole after both finished a shot clear of the field on 20 under par following the rain-delayed final round.

The 38-year-old narrowly missed a putt for par though, leaving the pair level on 20-under and forcing the additional hole.

Britain's Justin Rose owns the 54-hole lead on 17-under par 193, one stroke ahead of Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and American Xander Schauffele. If he wins, Rose will replace Dustin Johnson at the top of the world rankings. "It made me feel calm, which is rare".

"No 2 is an incredible spot to be in, and it's a week where there are many scenarios in play", he said.

"I'm speechless; it took a lot of hard work and lot of people helped me along the way", Bradley said.

Jordan Spieth is going to miss the Tour Championship for the first time in his professional career. "Was riding some momentum (after the Dell Technologies Championship) but all in all, just game kind of got a little off". "It's (the stuff of) boyhood dreams".

That miss sent the tournament to a playoff. "It's tough to go from being on Ryder Cup teams, being on Presidents Cup teams to being outside the top 100 in the world".

After Sunday's wet weather postponed the final round, overnight leader Rose got off to a shaky start in defence of his one-shot advantage with a bogey on the first hole. It rained only lightly on Monday and players had few complaints about the condition of the course, even if the walking paths became a muddy, soggy mess for the gallery. Bradley hasn't made the Masters since his exemption for winning the PGA ran out, but he'll be back at Augusta next April.

After several attempts to get play underway on day four of the BMW Championship, play was abandoned for the day with organisers of the third FedEx Cup Playoffs event still hopeful of a Monday local time finish.

Spieth, 25, came into the week in the top 30 in points but couldn't recover from a second-round 71 in which he was one of just six players to shoot over par. "And I don't think that would have been good enough".

The top 30 on a season-long points list advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta starting on Thursday week.

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