Thursday, May 24, 2018

Snedeker wins Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ontario — Brandt Snedeker won the 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 he held on in the breezy final round at Glen Abbey.

Mahan's wife, Kandi, gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia early Sunday in Texas, a month before her due date. Mahan said on Twitter that everyone was "doing great."

"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. 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.

Dustin Johnson (70), William McGirt (68), Matt Kuchar (71) and Jason Bohn (71) tied for second. Johnson was tied for the lead after No. 16, then went triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th.

Senior British playoff: Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe were tied after two playoff holes in the storm-delayed Senior British Open when darkness caused play to be suspended at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England. They will finish the sudden-death playoff this morning.

Wiebe shot 4-under 66 and Langer 70 in the final round to tie at 9-under 271. Each parred the par-4 18th twice in the playoff. "Playing in the dark was a new one for me," Wiebe said.

Langer, the 2010 winner at Carnoustie, blew a two-stroke lead with a double bogey on the final hole of regulation after hitting into a greenside bunker. Minutes earlier, Wiebe's birdie putt at No. 18 had come up short.

"I gave it away," Langer said. "I could bogey the last hole and win. I thought I hit a decent shot in the bunker, but it came out too low. But I made two good pars in the playoff in the dark, so what can you say."

Corey Pavin (65), Peter Senior (66) and David Frost (70) tied for third at 6 under.