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Justin Rose the new world number one despite play-off defeat to Bradley

The Englishman was beaten in a play-off at the BMW Championship, but it was enough to see him move top of the rankings.

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A ‘DELIGHTED’ JUSTIN Rose assured the world number one ranking for the first time in his career on Monday with a solo runner-up finish at the PGA BMW Championship.

The 38-year-old Englishman fired a three-under par 67 in the final round at Aronimink Golf Club to match American Keegan Bradley atop the leaderboard at 20-under 260 for 72 holes.

Fourth-ranked Rose, who lipped out a 15-foot par putt on the 18th, needed a victory or a solo second-place finish behind anyone but American Justin Thomas to claim the number one ranking.

But Rose settled for second-best on the day by making a bogey to Bradley’s par on the first play-off hole, the par-4 18th.

Rose was still excited at his ranking feat despite the defeat.

“Delighted to be world number one. It’s boyhood dreams,” Rose said. “That’s an amazing achievement. It’s something I’m extraordinarily proud of.”

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The 38-year-old became the fourth Englishman to capture the top ranking after Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald. Rose became the third oldest among 22 to hold the top spot. 

Bradley, the 2011 PGA Championship winner, had not won a title since the 2012 WGC Bridgestone Invitational. He won the 2011 PGA and his first title, the 2011 Byron Nelson Championship, in play-offs as well.

Americans Billy Horschel and Xander Schauffele shared third, one stroke off the pace, with Rory McIlroy fifth on 262 and 14-time Major winner Tiger Woods sharing sixth after a closing 65 on 263 alongside US Ryder Cup teammate Webb Simpson.

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