Justin Rose became world number one on Monday when he finished second at the BMW Championship where he lost a playoff with American Keegan Bradley in suburban Philadelphia. "I kind of fell of the radar there for a little while".
He will have an unexpected week off before joining the American team for the September 28-30 Ryder Cup in Paris.
US PGA Tour officials were skeptical of completing full 72 holes in the BMW Championship after heavy rain wiped out all play on Sunday (Monday in Manila), swamping Aronimink Golf Club. He unfortunately bogeyed the 18th hole in regulation to fall into the playoff and then again in the first playoff hole to lose.
"It's boyhood dream stuff, it's something I'm incredibly proud of", Rose said.
"In order to win out here you've got to be consistent and on a golf course like this, even par is not going to do a whole lot, " Woods said.
Casey suffered a back problem on the eve of The Players Championship in May and was forced to pull out ahead of the first round at Sawgrass, although he returned to action a fortnight later in the BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth, finishing in a tie for 20th.
But he missed the green on 10 and made bogey.
Woods took away any suspense of getting back to the Tour Championship for the first time since 2013.
The Englishman (38) went into the final round one stroke clear of McIlroy and Xander Schauffele on 17-under par and looked set to claim the title when he birdied the 16th and 17th to go the last needing a par for victory.
"I just want to say go Patriots", said Bradley. It's been a hard road back, and this is just.
Jordan Spieth will not be joining him.
Had already clinched top spot in FedEx Cup standings for East Lake, and turned in a solid T-19 at Aronimink. He also earned his first trip to the Tour Championship in five years. Because he didn't add to his schedule a tournament he had not played in the last four years, he is in violation of the PGA Tour's scheduling policy. "This is one of our tougher tests but it just wasn't playing that way this year, it was just soft and it was hot early in the week, the ball was flying, guys were hitting driver-wedge every hole".