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Justin Rose Moves To No. 1 in the World

Justin Rose was clearly disappointed after losing the BMW Championship in a playoff to Keegan Bradley, which would have been the 10th career victory for the 38-year-old from England. But he didn’t leave Philadelphia totally unhappy, as his second-straight solo runner-up finish moved him to No. 1 in the Official World Golf Rankings.

Justin Rose
Justin Rose on the 17th green during the second round of the BMW Championship at Aronimink GC on Sep. 7, 2018 in Newtown Square, PA. Photo by Keyur Khamar/PGA TOUR via Getty Images

“Amazing achievement. I’d love to go there by winning because obviously I want to get to No. 1 by winning golf tournaments, but today was fun,” said Rose.

“I birdied 16, 17. I knew Keegan was ahead of me doing the same thing, so I kind of was responding to that. Hit a great putt in regulation to win it, but then obviously it was a poor playoff, just — kind of glued coming out of that fringe there and then I under-read the putt.

“Yeah, delighted to be world No. 1. Yeah, it’s boyhood dreams; know what I mean?”

Rose has had an incredible run, worldwide, over the past 10 months, notching four wins and seven additional top-5s.

The 2013 U.S. Open Champion also finished runner-up at the recent Open Championship, one of three in his last five starts. He has just one missed cut on the season, which occurred at the playoff-opening Northern Trust. He bounced back from that unlikely failure with a solo-second at last week’s Dell Technologies Championship.

The runner-up finish came with a second-consecutive check for $972,000, along with another 1,200 points, which moves him to No. 2 in the standings behind only Bryson DeChambeau in the playoff points standings.

Joel Cook

Joel Cook is Pro Golf Weekly's Lead Writer. He is a member of the Golf Writer's Association of America.

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