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The 37-year-old Englishman missed from four feet at the first extra hole at a sodden Aronimink allowing Bradley to tap in for the par that handed him victory. But while the American won the battle; it was Rose who won the war.

His journey to the top has been far from straightforward. He famously missed 21 successive cuts after turning professional. But as a Major champion, Olympic champion and now World No 1 it has turned into the complete career.

He is just the 22nd man to reach World No 1 since the system was introduced 32 years ago and the fourth Englishman after Sir Nick Faldo, Lee Westwood and Luke Donald.

“It’s absolutely unbelievable. They are all heroes, all great guys, all role models. It’s scary company really because they are all absolutely incredible players,” said Rose.

“It’s boyhood dream stuff. When I talk about my career, I now have another string to the bow and World No 1 would be right there with the other achievements.

“It’s something I’m incredibly proud of. It has been a good stretch of golf for over a year. I always envisioned myself getting to world No 1 by winning tournaments and I haven’t won – it kind of takes a slight bit of the edge off – but I’m delighted to have got to the top.”

What has propelled Rose to the top? Ironically, given the one that got away on the 73rd hole, it is his putting. This year his numbers contrast sharply with previous seasons – he is in the top 15 on the PGA Tour – which has allowed him to capitalise on his always imperious work tee to green.

His all-round consistency has been extraordinary. He has finished in the top 10 in 20 of his last 27 tournaments.

The full package has come relatively late – he is the third oldest to top the world rankings – but 20 years after alerting the world to his talent with a fourth place at The Open as an amateur this latest achievement underlined how he has delivered on that rich early promise.

There will be few more popular figures to have reached the summit of the world game. Rose is a gentleman dueller in golf’s finest traditions and the same likeable man away from the course.

The runner-up finish that took him there followed a dramatic Russian doll of a closing round where the story inside the story was the main event.

A cluttered leaderboard meant there was still plenty of traffic in Rose’s wing mirror when he knocked in a six-foot birdie at the 12th to take the outright lead.

Billy Horschel and Keegan Bradley were quick to join him with birdies at the short 14th and Xander Schauffele was also lurking.

Back-to-back to birdies from Bradley at the 16th and 17th took him two clear but Rose followed suit magnificently.

When the 2011 USPGA champion unravelled at the last, bogeying it to finish 20 under, it opened the door for Rose. He was unable to take advantage as he left his four-iron approach short of the green and botched the pitch too leaving himself a 15ft par putt which lipped out.

The contest headed into extra time but with Horschel out of the game and Schauffele unable to convert for birdie from 25 feet at the last, the solo second spot Rose needed for World No 1 was secure.

Rose hooked his tee shot at the 73rd hole in the rough and then bounced his second off the grandstand on to the apron around the green. Bradley, more conventionally, landed in similar territory.

Rose was unable to get up and down; Bradley managed it but second best on the day was sufficient to become the world’s best overall.

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