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.
The rain-plagued event concluded Monday and Woods made another run at his 80th PGA Tour title, coming up three shots short of a playoff won by Keegan Bradley. The Englishman could become the world number one with a victory, even if the event were declared complete after three rounds.
The American shares 27th after 54 holes and is projected to fall from 27th to 31st in the points standings, one place shy of Atlanta.
His victory capped a long week that stretched to Monday after persistent rain left the course unplayable for the scheduled final round on Sunday. Woods needed a good finish to make the Tour Championship at East Lake, and he made the field after recently earning a captain's pick for the U.S. Ryder Cup team. However, Rose's bogey on 18 was particularly bad, as a par would have given him the win. Because he didn't add to his schedule a tournament he had not played in the last four years, he is in violation of the PGA Tour's scheduling policy. His chances to represent US teams in global play had dried up, his preferred putting method was banned, and the confidence that once put him on the cusp of greatness was shot.
Frustration: Justin Rose tosses his club after missing a putt for par on the 18th hole. Look at the quality of players just outside the top 30, Jordan Spieth among them, and there you'll see what an awesome year this continues to be for Woods.
Keegan Bradley is 30th and would be exempt for the first three major championships in 2019. "The quest to get better is what I really wake up for in the morning. and what gets me out of bed". Once it was over, he was able to do what he's seen so many of his colleagues do so many times before - embrace his family as a champion. He said it wasn't how he wanted to get to No. 1, but he was ecstatic regardless.
"It's a game changer for a player like me that's not in the top 50 to get in the Tour Championship", he said.
"I just wish I could have enjoyed the moment maybe, and this just slightly dampens it".
Last year, Spieth met the 1 in 4 rule and played 24 times.