Rose got a title earned over the last two years by a mathematical formula, and over the last 20 years by sheer determination.
Justin Rose remains in the box seat after rain washed out the entire day at the BMW Championship on Sunday. 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. But a No. 1 ranking will do.
Rose joins Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald among those from England to hold the top spot. Woods finished Saturday with another four-under round, then waited out the rain on Sunday and teed off Monday at -12.
The top 30 in the standings after this event earned spots in the season-ending Tour Championship, to be played September 20-23 at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.
But he missed the green on 10 and made bogey.
But bogeys on the 10th and 14th holes derailed his hopes and he ran out of holes, playing the back nine in 34.
Fowler told ESPN early this week that his injury might have been a blessing in disguise because it gave him a chance to rest during one of the most hectic times of the season. "It was really kind of odd because I don t normally look at leaderboards, but I looked all day and I felt so solid", Bradley said.
For the sixth time in his career, Woods shot 263 or better. He hit what he thought was one of the better putts he had ever struck under pressure, a 15-footer for par in regulation, only to see it spin hard around the back edge of the cup.
Woods took away any suspense of getting back to the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. "But that second round. you can't shoot over par here and that threw me so much (further back)". He had his fourth back surgery last April, and at this time a year ago he had just been cleared to chip and putt.
"I've played a few tournaments (this year) where I was close at the end", Woods said, whose missed opportunities to win this year include the Arnold Palmer Invitational, British Open and PGA Championship.
"I was in control of my own destiny and didn't have it this week", Spieth said after a closing 73 left him tied 55th on three-under.
Jordan Spieth reached No. 1 in the world for the first time with a runner-up finish in the 2015 PGA Championship. As the ninth-ranked golfer in the world, he is one of the top players on tour week to week when healthy, so he was a favorite to be the overall playoff champ if he had played in all the events.
That means he will have played only 24 tournaments this season.