Tour Championship field now set, without Jordan Spieth

Lynette Rowe
September 11, 2018

Woods shot a 65 on Monday, for a cumulative score of 17-under par, three shots behind Keegan Bradley, who beat Justin Rose in a sudden-death playoff.

Rose needs to win to displace American Dustin Johnson and become the 22nd man to be world number one since the rankings began in 1986.

Bradley, who shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish at 20-under 260, thrust his arms toward the gray sky and drizzle in celebration and waved his family toward him to bring them in for a lengthy embrace.

Asked how he had managed to rediscover his form, He replied: "Lots of hard work".

But his achievement was then slightly overshadowed following a disappointing additional hole at the Aronimink Golf Club which saw him edged out by victor Keegan Bradley. "It made me feel calm, which is rare".

"Might have needed a 61 today", he said. However, he is still happy to get to the number one rank.

"I was in control of my own destiny but just didn't have it this week", said Spieth after coming tied 55th. The torrential downpours over the past few days at Aronimink almost forced the tournament to be shortened to 54 holes. "Now, I get to go back and we get to have fun and enjoy it together". Bradley also holds the lowest round in program history with a first round 63 at the Treasure Coast Championship in his junior season.

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Woods finished five under on the day and -17 overall, now putting him one stroke behind Xander Schauffele, two strokes behind Justin Rose and Billy Horschel and three behind leader Keegan Bradley.

It was the sixth time in Woods' career that he shot 263 or lower over four rounds, and the first time he did not win that tournament. "To be back here and win this tournament is just incredible".

"It's been a good stretch of golf, I've played really solidly for the best part of a year".

Woods tweeted on August 30, 2017 that doctors had cleared him to chip and putt, four months after undergoing fusion surgery on his back - his fourth back procedure in all. The race at the top is incredibly tight and could certainly be affected by what happens at the Tour Championship in two weeks. That put him in violation of a new PGA Tour rule created to route big-name players to smaller events.

Spieth would be the first player to violate the rule in its two years of existence.

The American pair were the only two players to move from outside of the top-30 inside the bubble, with Jordan Spieth and Emiliano Grillo both dropping out and seeing their season end a week early. Thirty players, led by two-time playoff victor Bryson DeChambeau, will head to East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta, Ga. next week with the aim of capturing the FedEx Cup and its $10 million prize. I obviously accept whatever fine it is and move on and try and add one [new event] every year.

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