Snedeker wins Canadian Open by three strokes

July 29, 2013

Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with 2-under-par 70 for a three-stroke victory in Oakville, Ontario.

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.”

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.”

Snedeker, a six-time PGA Tour winner, finished at 16-under 272.

Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn tied for second.

●SENIOR BRITISH OPEN: In Southport, England, Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe were tied after two playoff holes in the storm-delayed event when darkness suspended play at Royal Birkdale.

They were scheduled to finish the playoff Monday morning.

Wiebe shot a 4-under 66 to match Langer at 9-under 271. Langer had a 70. They each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff.

Langer blew a two-stroke lead with a double bogey on the final hole of regulation after hitting into a greenside bunker. Minutes earlier, Wiebe’s birdie putt at No. 18 came up short.

Corey Pavin, Peter Senior and David Frost tied for third at 6 under.

●EUROPEAN TOUR: In Moscow, Michael Hoey shot a 2-under 70 to win the Russian Open by four strokes.

The Northern Irishman, who held a five-shot lead overnight, finished at 16-under 272.

Alexandre Kaleka (68) of France and Matthew Nixon (69) of England tied for second.

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