Brandt Snedeker seized the opportunity to take the RBC Canadian Open title, thanks to the withdrawal of his friend Hunter Mahan. who had to rush home to be beside his wife, he was leading the tournament at the beginning of play.
Brandt Snedeker / Getty Images
Brandt had a final round of -2 under par 70, at Glenn Abbey Golf Club, which was good enough for him to wrap the RBC Canadian Open title at -16 under par.
Brandt was ecstatic to win this title, his caddie is from Canada;
” Just ecstatic right now, 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. It feels great to get a win, 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. I hung in there really well and made the key putts I needed to and I was able to survive, that’s what today is all about.”
Hunter Mahan’s wife Kandi gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan early Sunday in Texas, and Brandt said he would be sending the baby a very nice gift, in recognition of her good timing;
” Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me, 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.”
Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were all tied for second place at -13 under par.
Dustin was tied for the lead after a birdie on the 16th, then he inexplicably drove his tee shot out of bounds on the par four 17th. The reload found a fairway bunker and his attempted escape shot hit the lip of the bunker, en route to a triple-bogey 7. He finished the final round with a -2 under par 70, and not feeling too happy with his day;
“I was playing really well, really confident, swinging the driver really good. So you know, it’s a driver hole for me, and I just blocked it a little bit. Made a poor swing. Not too happy, but I felt really good with my golf game. It’s nothing, nothing to worry about. I’ll go get them next weekend.”
David Hearn was the top Canadian player, shooting a final round +1 over par 73, to tie for 44th place at -4 under par. Mike Weir was tied for 49th place at -3 under par after a last round of even par 72. Mike said he is missing too many short putts;
” I’m playing fine. Just missing too many short putts. I missed a number the last couple days inside 6, 7 feet, just missing way too many of those. You need those to keep your round going sometimes and I just didn’t capitalize when I had opportunities.”