And then in a playoff, his 5-foot par putt missed to the left, making Keegan Bradley a victor for the first time in six years. Rose was this close to getting there with a victory. However, Schauffele was just one stroke behind after posting a 63 of his own, and four golfers were two shots back at 6-under, including Justin Thomas, the defending FedExCup champion.
Both missed the green right with their approaches, facing similar shots, and though Bradley left himself within tap-in range, Rose watched in despair as his short putt for par slid by, leaving Bradley to finish out for a huge win. But a No. 1 ranking will do. He is the fourth player from England, joining Luke Donald, Lee Westwood and Nick Faldo. Woods finished Saturday with another four-under round, then waited out the rain on Sunday and teed off Monday at -12.
As usual, it crowded around Tiger Woods.
But he missed the green on 10 and made bogey.
Spieth is at 23 and needs to get to East Lake (the Ryder Cup counts as a start) to reach the magic number.
But bogeys on the 10th and 14th holes derailed his hopes and he ran out of holes, playing the back nine in 34.
No one needs to play Monday as much as Spieth.
"I turned pro at 18 and it took me 20 odd years to get to world No 1, but my advice would be to just dedicate yourself to improving, to learning, to trying to get better".
For the sixth time in his career, Woods shot 263 or better.
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".
Five-time BMW championship victor Tiger Woods mounted another vintage charge, but a late back-nine stumble has been the story of his comeback season from spinal fusion surgery. "But tomorrow or the next day, the week after, I'll look back at this and think it was an awesome moment in my career". His consistent excellence finally overcame the millennial invasion - Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Brooks Koepka, Jon Rahm, Rickie Fowler - as well as the blossoming of his peers, Johnson and Bubba Watson. The top 30 in the FedEx Cup standings earn exemptions to the Masters, U.S. Open and Then Open - although Woods has lifetime entry to the Masters and an exemption through age 60 at The Open.
All this means the Tour Championship, featuring the top 30 points earners on tour this year, will have some unexpected faces - and will be missing some familiar faces.
"But give me half an hour maybe, and I might be able to say I really enjoyed it". And he will face a possible penalty from the PGA Tour for failing to play enough events this year as part of its field enhancement criteria. He joins eight other players in the last 20 years to win a major and a World Golf Championship and reach No. 1 in the world.