Rose is the 22nd player to reach No. 1 in a world ranking that began in 1986.
Bradley shot a final round 6-under 64 to finish at 20-under par, tied with Rose, who lipped out with his potentially winning putt, which was just so close. The victor of the tournament, which is the penultimate event in the FedEx Cup playoffs, takes home a $1.62 million paycheck.
Woods, coming back from injury, made the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.
That will leave him one short of the minimum number of events he was required to compete in over the course of the season under regulations imposed by the PGA Tour two years ago. I under-read the putt a little bit.
"Yeah it has been a goal of mine all season to make it to the Tour Championships, so I'm pretty proud to pull it off", Smith said.
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 made me feel calm, which is rare". He had his fourth back surgery in April of last year, and at this time last year he had just been cleared to chip and putt. These are two of the four tournaments for the FedEx Cup with the final competition taking place next weekend which sees the top 30 take part.
Not that he played poorly, more that his reward would have been greater had it ended after three rounds.
Cape Town - Tiger Woods may not have won since making his comeback to the PGA Tour this season, but he is nonetheless happy just to be at the end-of-season Tour Championship.
Marc Leishman is the only other Australian to advance to the Tour Championship and although he is 29th on point he remains upbeat about his chances.
Under the new policy, which was approved at the policy board's final meeting on November 22, any player who participated in 25 or more official money events during the current or previous season is exempt from the requirement (of adding a new tournament).
"If it becomes a situation then, you know, I'll obviously accept whatever fine it is, move on and try and add one new event every year, but it's kind of tough".