Brandt Snedeker takes Canadian Open lead

Associated Press
Jul 28, 2013 at 09:02am IST

Oakville: Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor before Brandt Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later Saturday.

Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call before he was scheduled to tee off Saturday saying wife Kandi had gone into labor. The American rushed to the airport for a flight to Texas.

"I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child," Mahan said in a statement. "Kandi and I are thrilled about the addition to the Mahan family and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years."

Brandt Snedeker takes Canadian Open lead

Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor before Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later on Saturday.

Snedeker had a 9-under 63 at Glen Abbey to take the lead after the rain-delayed third round. He won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February for his fifth PGA Tour victory.

"I know how to handle it and I know what to expect tomorrow especially on a golf course like this," Snedeker said. "I'm not too concerned about my number right now. I know what I have to do tomorrow."

The 2012 FedExCup champion had nine birdies in a bogey-free round.

"I knew I had a chance if I could keep the momentum going after the first six holes and I could really ride it out and do something special today," Snedeker said.

There were scattered showers and an 80-minute delay because of lightning.

Sweden's David Lingmerth was a stroke back after a 65, and Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were 12 under. Kuchar had a 64, and Bohn shot 66. Dustin Johnson also shot 63 for a share of fifth at 11 under with John Merrick (72), Greg Owen (67), Charley Hoffman (67) and Kyle Stanley (66).

Merrick, two strokes behind Mahan on Friday after a matching the course record with a second-round 62, played alone in the third round after Mahan withdrew. Merrick declined to playoff alongside a non-scoring marker.

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