Keegan Bradley prevailed Monday at rain-soaked Aronimink Golf Club to beat Justin Rose in a playoff to win the BMW Championship. If he doesn't qualify, Spieth would violate a recent policy requiring PGA Tour members to play a tournament they haven't been to in the last four years. Atlanta invitees are exempt into all four of the following year's majors in addition to the season's first two World Golf Championships.
Tiger Woods, meanwhile was five shots behind after a 66 in the third round that didn't allow him to make up any ground on the lead. "I'll represent the United States over there (in France for the Ryder Cup) and also compete with the top players on the tour".
A relatively straightforward putt for par on the final hole of the Philadelphia course was all that stood in the way of the Englishman and the winner's spot, but the ball spun around the hole and away to force Rose into a playoff against Keegan Bradley.
Even though Woods prefers tougher conditions this is the second time over the last month he's almost gotten it done in a birdie-fest, including the PGA Championship at Bellerive.
"I thought I needed to shoot something around 62 today to have a chance", Woods said.
At the 425-yard par-4 11th, Cantlay got on in 2 and missed his par putt from 5 feet, finishing with a 3-putt bogey. Only two players bettered his 65 with 64s.
Jason Day carded an even-par 70 to share 24th place at 11-under, while Marc Leishman's 68 left him in a tie for 41st at six-under.
"We've got kind of a mess out there", he said. "But that second round. you can't shoot over par here and that threw me so much (further back)".
But bogeys on the 10th and 14th holes derailed his hopes and he ran out of holes, playing the back nine in 34. It was the first time he had won since becoming a father. But he was second in strokes gained, approach to the green, 13th in strokes gained, around the green, and 22nd in strokes gained off the tee. He started the BMW ranked 27th but fell to 31st with a poor finish on Monday.
He was three off the lead, hunting his first win in six years. He returned to 20th with his sixth-place finish. Look at the quality of players just outside the top 30, Jordan Spieth among them, and there you'll see what an awesome year this continues to be for Woods. He won the 2010 AT&T National at Aronimink and the 2013 U.S. Open at Merion.
All of it was procedural, as Woods was sure to get a special exemption from the United States Golf Association.
Spieth now faces potential sanctions from the PGA Tour for failing to play 25 events in the 2017-18 season.