Justin Rose’s second-placed finish at the BMW Championship was enough to ensure he becomes the world number one for the first time. The 38-year-old Englishman looked on course to win the third event of the FedEx Cup play-offs at Aronimink Golf Club as he went into the rain-delayed final round leading by one shot and required just a par putt at the final hole to claim the spoils.
However, after narrowly missing, Rose was forced into a sudden-death play-off with American Keegan Bradley, with the pair level on 20-under-par for the tournament.
And the 2013 US Open champion and Olympic gold medal winner subsequently lost at the first extra hole when he bogeyed the 18th.
Despite the disappointment of losing out on the tournament, Rose was delighted to follow Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald in becoming the fourth Englishman to be world number one.
“It’s boyhood dream stuff, something I am incredibly proud of,” Rose said. “It’s been a good stretch of golf. I’ve played solidly over the past year. I’m delighted to get to the top.”
On his missed putt at the last, he added: “I thought it was as good a putt as I’ve hit to win a tournament. To see it spin out was really unfortunate. I’d always envisaged getting to number one by winning tournaments.”