Rose, who last week finished two shots back as Bryson DeChambeau won the Dell Technologies Championship, is just the fourth Englishman to top the world rankings, after Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.
He had his first real chance to win one Monday in the final round of the BMW Championship and came up a little short with the putter. If he wins, Rose will replace Dustin Johnson at the top of the world rankings. With Tiger Woods making a charge, there was plenty of focus on him, and that gave one fan standing behind him a moment of camera time. Play was also suspended Saturday morning as players watched rain pelt the course. Woods, coming back from injury, made the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.
"I've played a few tournaments (this year) where I was close at the end", Woods said, whose missed opportunities to win this year include the Arnold Palmer Invitational, British Open and PGA Championship. Certainly feeling like he needed a hero effort at this time, he went the opposite way on his second shot, with his ball finding the greenside grandstand. While that was certainly possible - he missed three birdie putts inside of 15 feet, and made two bogeys after finding bunkers - it was a lot to ask on a miserable day.
N Korea holds military parade without advanced missiles
This year's celebration, however, did not feature the isolated nation's most advanced missiles. No ICMBs were showcased in Pyongyang as the country celebrated its 70th anniversary on Sunday.
"I got off to a nice, quick start", he told the Golf Channel shortly after completing his final round. This is the first time he did not win. They are exempt from the policy by playing 25 events.
Against tough competition from top to bottom, and with a trip to the FedEx Cup finale on the line, Keegan Bradley didn't just contend - he defeated the very best the world has to offer, literally. Spieth is the first player to violate the policy, which began a year ago.
The top 30 on a season-long points list advance to the Tour Championship in Atlanta starting on Thursday week.
That means he will have played only 24 tournaments this year, which includes the Ryder Cup.
"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.