There’s nothing better than a good, long read. Except maybe a good short read. With that, we give you our crib-note summary of today’s final round of the BMW Championship.
Winner: Keegan Bradley, in a playoff over Justin Rose
Why it matters: The win ends a six-year victory drought for Bradley, whose last title came at the 2012 WGC-Bridgestone Invitational
Best miss of the day: Bradley’s pull-hook drive on the 18 hole of regulation, which sailed so wildly left it wound up in a trampled down area of turf—a good lie, with a good view of the green.
Second-best miss of the day: Rose’s approach on the 18th in the playoff, which ricocheted off the grandstand and settled in a good lie, just right of the green.
Worst miss of the day: Rose’s four-foot par bid in the playoff, which skirted the hole on the low side, leaving Bradley with a tap-in for the win.
The woulda-coulda-shoulda been a winner: Rory McIlroy, who led the field in strokes gained pretty much everything, except with his flatstick. In the final round, the longest putt he made was from five feet.
Quote of the day: “Was in control of my destiny, and just didn’t have it this week.”— Jordan Spieth, who after a T-55 finish that left him out of the top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings, and out of the Tour Championship for the first time in his career.
Tiger Watch: Another oh-so-close final round. El Tigre went out in 31 and clawed within one shot of the lead before slipping into a tie for 6th.
So what’s this mean for the Ryder Cup? Conventional wisdom has it that Jim Fuyrk has a tough choice for his final captain’s pick between Tony Finau and Xander Schauffele. That choice didn’t get any easier, as both players put on a strong showing. Finau finished T8, while Schauffele fired a final round 67 to finish one shot out of the playoff.