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Jul 29, 2013

Snedeker gifted Canadian crown after Johnson collapse

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – American Brandt Snedeker took advantage of a Dustin Johnson meltdown to claim a three-shot victory at the Canadian Open on Sunday.

Snedeker, who began the final round with a wafer-thin one-shot cushion atop the leaderboard, could not be nudged from his perch all day, carding a two-under 70 to collect his sixth career PGA Tour win and second of the season.

Jul 29, 2013

Golf-Snedeker gifted Canadian crown after Johnson collapse

OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 28 (Reuters) – American Brandt Snedeker took advantage of a Dustin Johnson meltdown to claim a three-shot victory at the Canadian Open on Sunday.

Snedeker, who began the final round with a wafer-thin one-shot cushion atop the leaderboard, could not be nudged from his perch all day, carding a two-under 70 to collect his sixth career PGA Tour win and second of the season.

Jul 28, 2013

Mahan’s priceless moment might have cost $1 million

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – Hunter Mahan turned his back on potential million dollar pay day walking away from a two-shot lead at the Canadian Open on Saturday to return home for the birth of his first child.

Athletes in North America’s big four professional sports leagues are routinely granted time off to attend the birth of a child and never miss a pay check.

Jul 27, 2013

‘Oh baby’, Canadian Open wide open after Mahan withdrawal

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – 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.

Jul 27, 2013

Leader Mahan exits Canadian Open for birth of child

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – Hunter Mahan has walked away from a two-shot lead at the Canadian Open, withdrawing from the tournament on Saturday to return to Dallas where wife Kandi is about to give birth to the couple’s first child.

The 31-year-old American was shown on television taking a phone call on the driving range before the start of his third round and immediately left the golf course.

Jul 27, 2013

Glory days at the Abbey as Weir turns back clock

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – It was approaching noon early into the second round of the Canadian Open on Friday when a blast from the past popped up on the leaderboard, sending a wave of excitement rolling across Glen Abbey Golf Club.

Though the sight of Mike Weir’s name among the contenders was once a familiar one on the PGA Tour, the little Canadian lefty’s brief cameo appearance in the top three on a sun-kissed day was more about nostalgia than the now for the hordes of golf fans who basked in their memories as much as in the moment.

Jul 26, 2013

Mahan in control at Canadian Open with two-shot lead

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – American John Merrick set the early pace with a course-record-equaling 10-under 62 but compatriot Hunter Mahan fired a 64 to grab a two-shot lead after the second round of the Canadian Open on Friday.

In ideal early scoring conditions, Merrick had an eagle at the second and eight birdies over his final 12 holes to complete a career-low, error-free round that tied the Glen Abbey Golf Club course record set by Leonard Thompson in 1981 and matched by Greg Norman in 1986.

Jul 26, 2013

Merrick ties course record, grabs early second round lead

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – American John Merrick shot a sizzling 10-under 62 that tied the Glen Abbey Golf Club course record and vaulted him into the second round clubhouse lead at the Canadian Open on Friday.

Merrick, who began his round six shots back of overnight leader Brendan Steele, took full advantage of ideal scoring conditions with an eagle at the par-five second and eight birdies over his final 12 holes.

Jul 26, 2013

Man of Steele in charge at Canadian Open

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) – American Brendan Steele took full advantage of ideal early scoring conditions to forge a one-shot lead after the opening round of the Canadian Open on Thursday.

Playing the back nine first on a calm, sunny morning at Glen Abbey Golf Club, Steele mixed eight birdies with a single bogey for a seven-under 65 that left him a shot clear of compatriots Matt Kuchar and Scott Brown and Australian Scott Gardiner.

Jul 26, 2013

Golf-Canadian club on the rocks after opening round

OAKVILLE, Ontario, July 25 (Reuters) – The search for a home-grown winner of the Canadian Open looked poised to stretch into a sixth decade after the local contingent failed to make an impression on the first round leaderboard on Thursday.

Only once in the last 99 years has a native son claimed the national title and that was back in 1954 when Pat Fletcher ended what was then a 50-year barren run with a victory at Vancouver’s Point Grey Golf and Country Club.