OAKVILLE, Ontario – Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory.
Snedeker took the lead Saturday after second-round leader Hunter Mahan withdrew when his wife went into labor, and held on in the breezy final round at Glen Abbey.
“Just ecstatic right now,” Snedeker said. “This is a tournament I said early on in my career I wanted to win just because my caddie (Scott Vail) is actually from Canada and it’s his national open. It meant a lot to him, meant a lot to me. Third-oldest tournament on tour and it’s got some great history to it, and now to put my name on that trophy it means a lot.”
Mahan’s wife, Kandi, gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan early Sunday in Texas.
“Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me,” Snedeker said. “I can’t thank Kandi enough for going into labor early. I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if she hadn’t. But that is a way more important thing than a golf tournament. I missed a golf tournament when my first was born, and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m sure Hunter would say the same thing.”
Snedeker finished at 16-under 272. The six-time PGA Tour winner also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. “It feels great to get a win,” Snedeker said. “To validate all the hard work I’ve put in over the past three months where I haven’t played my best and know that I’m working on the right stuff and able to hold up under some pretty serious pressure this afternoon.”
Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn tied for second.
SENIOR BRITISH: In Southport, England, Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe were tied after two playoff holes in the storm-delayed Senior British Open at Royal Birkdale.
They will finish the playoff today.
Corey Pavin, Peter Senior and David Frost tied for third at 6 under. Pavin shot a 65, Senior had a 66, and Frost a 70.
EUROPEAN: In Moscow, Michael Hoey shot a 2-under 70 to win the Russian Open by four strokes for his fifth European Tour title.
He finished at 16-under 272. Alexandre Kaleka (68) of France and Matthew Nixon (69) of England tied for second.