At the end of a thrilling tournament, Keegan Bradley (USA) and JustinRose (ENG) both finished on -20 and one shot clear of the high-class field. Bradley came out on top in the play-off to claim his first PGA TOUR win for six years. Rose narrowly missed out on his second victory at the prestigious BMW Championship, which he had previously won in 2011. However, he did reach a milestone in his career: the 2016 Olympic champion replaced Dustin Johnson (USA, T24, -11) at the top of the world rankings. 2014 BMW Championship winner Billy Horschel and “PGA TOUR Rookie of the Year 2017” Xander Schauffele (both USA, -19) finished tied in third place.
As well as Rose, many other Ryder Cup players from Europe and the USA were in excellent form ahead of the showdown in Paris. Rory McIlroy (NIR, 5, -18) was tied for the lead after round one with 14-time major winner Tiger Woods (USA, T6, -17), who was named as a “Captain’s Pick” for the Ryder Cup by US captain Jim Furyk on Tuesday. Tommy Fleetwood (ENG, T8, -16) and Open winner Francesco Molinari (ITA, T8, -16) also impressed, as did Webb Simpson (USA, T6, -17), Rickie Fowler (USA, T8, -16) and defending FedExCup champion Justin Thomas (USA, T12, -15).