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Sneds takes RBC Canadian Open

Brandt Snedeker won the RBC 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 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. Now third in the FedExCup standings, the reigning champion is in position to become the first FedExCup winner to defend his title at the TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola the following year.

 

“It feels great to get a win,” he 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. To win a tournament like this with those pivotal holes coming down the stretch means a lot.”

 

Snedeker had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He birdied the par-4 10th to move to 16 under, but gave the shot back on the par-3 12th. He birdied the par-5 16th and parred the final two holes.

 

“I hung in there really well and made the key putts I needed to and I was able to survive,” Snedeker said. “That’s what today is all about.”

 

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

 

Brandt Snedeker climbed to No. 3 in the FedEx standings with his win in Canada.

 

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