Brandt Snedeker shot a super third round of -9 under par to lead the RBC Canadian Open at Glenn Abbey G.C. in Ontario.
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Brandt sits at the top of the leaderboard going into the final round tomorrow with a tournament total of -14 under par. He was surprised not to see Hunter Mahan anywhere on the board, Brandt was on seventh tee when he noticed something wasn’t quite right, but his caddie guessed right;
” I looked at my caddie, and I go, `What’s going on? He goes, `I think Hunter had to leave because his wife went into labor. Kind of left the tournament wide open, Hunter was going to be hard to catch because he was playing so good. The way he drives the golf ball on this golf course, he was going to play really well on the weekend. For me to catch him, I knew I was going to have to shoot something really low. I know how to handle it and I know what to expect tomorrow especially on a golf course like this. I’m not too concerned about my number right now. I know what I have to do tomorrow. You always feel like you’re exactly one swing away from hitting something off the planet or something like that. I felt like I managed my game really well today.”
Hunter withdrew before he was scheduled to tee off Saturday, in the round that was delayed 80 minutes because of lightning;
” I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child. 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.”
David Lingmerth is in second place at -13 under par, a stroke back after his third round of -7 under par 65. Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were in third place at -12 under par. Matt with a -8 under par 64, and Jason a -6 under par, 66.
Matt ccommented on Hunter’s good news;
” The birth of a child is a truly magical, special thing. You may get it once in your lifetime. It just doesn’t happen that often. Hunter right now is playing some of the best golf in the world. It kind of gives the rest of us a chance with him not in the field.”
Dustin Johnson also shot a -9 under par 63, which was good enough for a tie of fifth place at -11 under par, along with John Merrick, Greg Owen, Charley Hoffman and Kyle Stanley .
David Hearn was the top Canadian performer, carding a 68 to reach -5 under par, he just made the cut Friday by birdieing his final three holes;
“I felt good yesterday finishing the way I did, I didn’t play my best getting to the weekend but it’s a pretty tight leaderboard.”
Mike Weir was at -3 under par after a +1 over par round, he was not too impressed with his performance;
“It was kind of adventurous and not very profitable at all, didn’t make anything again and struggled a little bit at times. Just never seemed to get in the flow of the round.”
There will be no Canadian winner this year.