Rose then bogeyed the 18th in sudden death to lose out to Bradley, whose fourth PGA Tour win was his first for six years and his first since the ban on anchored putting came into effect in January 2016. From first becoming a top-10 player in 2007 after a poor start to his career; re-entering the top 10 in 2012; rising to third in the world in 2013 after a runner-up finish at the AP Invitational; up to second after the 2018 Open; and now to No 1 as the 2017-18 PGA Tour season wraps up. "I kind of fell off the radar there for a little while". But a No. 1 ranking will do.
On his putt at the last to win, he said: "I thought it was as good a putt as I've hit to win a tournament".
"It's boyhood dreams, know what I mean?"
However, a steady round proved not enough around a soaked Aronimink, with McIlroy's two-under 68 bettered by Rose, who shot a three-under 67, and eventual victor Bradley, whose six-under 64 took him into a play-off with the Englishman. "It was really kind of unusual because I don t normally look at leaderboards, but I looked all day and I felt so solid", Bradley said.
Rose also heads to next week's season-ending Tour Championship in second place in the FedExCup standings, with a chance to overhaul Bryson DeChambeau and land a $10m bonus as FedExCup champion at East Lake in Atlanta.
The BMW featured the top 70 players, and it was a very competitive event through all four rounds, despite Sunday's play having to be rescheduled to Monday due to weather.
But he missed the green on the 10th and made bogey.
Tiger Woods mounted another vintage charge but dropped shots on his back-nine has been the story of his comeback season from spinal surgery. A couple of holes into the final round, Woods is now just two strokes back. "But tomorrow or the next day, the week after, I'll look back at this and think it was an unbelievable moment in my career". He had his fourth back surgery last April, and at this time past year he had just been cleared to chip and putt.
He has placed as high as fourth in the FedEx Cup standings back in 2015, when Jordan Spieth won the title, and Fowler also won a playoff event that year as well. Only the top 30 advance to the Tour Championship, marking the first time Spieth has missed the event since turning pro.
"It's been a good stretch of golf, I've played really solidly for the best part of a year".
Still to be determined is the penalty.
"I obviously accept whatever fine it is and move on and try and add one every year, but it's kind of tough", Spieth said. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began past year.
So would Schauffele, who believes winning might be his only hope of persuading Jim Furyk to take him with the last captain's pick for the U.S.