Snedeker moves to top of leaderboard at Canadian Open

Ontario, PTI | Updated : 28 July 2013, 02:31 PM

Brandt Snedeker will take a one shot cushion into the final round of the Canadian Open after leader Hunter Mahan walked away from a potential 1 million payday on Saturday to be home for the birth of his child.

A wild day of rain delays, spectacular charges and a dazzling nine-under 63 from Snedeker at Glen Abbey Golf Course were all overshadowed by Mahan's hurried exit that threw the tournament wide open.

Mahan, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, had held a two shot overnight lead but while warming up on the driving range received word that his wife Kandi had gone into labor.

One of the hottest players on PGA Tour after having played in the final group at both last week's British Open and before that the U.S. Open, Mahan did not hesitate to give up his shot at the $1 million winner's purse, rushing back to Dallas for the birth of his first child.

With Mahan's name off the leaderboard the scramble was on as golfers took advantage of the soft conditions to attack the Jack Nicklaus designed layout.

Snedeker, who began the day a massive eight shots back of Mahan, surged to the top behind an error free display that was just one birdie shy of equaling the Glen Abbey course record of 62.

Lurking one shot back is David Lingmerth, who eagled the par five 18th, to cap off a round of seven-under 65 and put the Swede in contention for a maiden PGA Tour title on 13-under 203.

Matt Kuchar, the highest ranked player in the field at number six, fired a bogey-free eight-under 64 will start Sunday's final round just two back alongside Jason Bohn, who had a 66.

With thunder storms in the area warning horns sounded at exactly noon with spectators and players ordered to evacuate the course.

Before the 80-minute delay several of the early starters, including a trio of former Masters champions Fijian Vijay Singh (2000) and South Africans Charl Schwartzel (2011) and Trevor Immelman (2008) had already mounted charges.

Singh, winner of the 2004 Canadian Open in a playoff over local favourite Mike Weir, got an overcast day off to a bright start going birdie-eagle-birdie to jump up the leaderboard.

The big Fijian would add four more birdies before his round unraveled with a double-bogey at the 15th just prior to the delay followed by a bogey at the 16th right after play resumed but still finished with a 66 to sit just six off the pace.

Immelman also had a 66 but will start five back of the leader while Schwartzel (66) has the most work to do seven shots behind the leader.

First Published: Sunday, July 28, 2013 02:29 PM
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