Playoff loss a thorn, but No. 1 ranking is Justin's Rose

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The 38-year-old narrowly missed a putt for par though, leaving the pair level on 20-under and forcing the additional hole. But his achievement was then slightly overshadowed following a disappointing additional hole at the Aronimink Golf Club which saw him edged out by victor Keegan Bradley.

'I know there is a bit of good news but it kind of takes a slight bit of the edge off, ' Rose said. In a few weeks' time, he'll be part of the European team contesting the Ryder Cup in Paris, but on Sunday he was playing a frustrating waiting game to play a round that would be of little effect.

"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. "When you talk about your career those are the three highlights and I now have another string to the bow".

Had already clinched top spot in FedEx Cup standings for East Lake, and turned in a solid T-19 at Aronimink.

Woods took away any suspense about getting back to the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013. And that's so huge for a player where I am at this point because then I can play my way back into the top 50.

After being tied for the lead with an opening-round 62 on Thursday, Woods shot 70 and 66 over the next two days to put himself behind a deep pack of players atop the leaderboard.

Perhaps most important of all to Woods - the Tour Championship offers another chance for a victory, where he will need to defeat just 29 players.

Woods tweeted on August 30, 2017 that doctors had cleared him to chip and putt, four months after undergoing fusion surgery on his back - his fourth back procedure in all. He fell out of the top 30 and will miss the Tour Championship for the first time. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began past year.

That means he will have played only 24 tournaments this year, which includes the Ryder Cup. "This is one of our tougher tests but it just wasn't playing that way this year, it was just soft and it was hot early in the week, the ball was flying, guys were hitting driver-wedge every hole". Once the putt fell on the 16th after another great approach, Bradley and Rose were nearly out of sight, three shots ahead of the Ulsterman at 21-under.

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