It’s hard to determine what the leaderboard of the RBC Canadian Open would look like if Hunter Mahan had not withdrawn to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Mahan was 13 under par after two rounds and in first place after 36 holes. To his credit, Mahan handled the situation with a great deal of class. “I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child,” he said in a statement. “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.”
What we do know for sure, however, is the fact that Brandt Snedeker went off in his third round to grab the lead. Thanks a nine under par 63 on Saturday Sneds is at 14 under par and has a one shot lead over David Lingmerth after 54 holes. Snedeker turned in a blemish-free scorecard that boasted nine birdies and 9 pars.
After starting off four under par in his first six holes, Snedeker knew he could be in for a round that would get him back in the mix. “I knew I had a chance if I could keep the momentum going after the first six holes and I could really ride it out and do something special today,” he said.
The defending FedEx Cup Champion has enjoyed a solid year to this point with one victory, 2 runner-up finishes and a third place result in 15 events. He’s currently ranked 4th in the FedEx Cup standings and seventh in the world. If he’s able to secure a victory at Glen Abbey Golf Club, those rankings are sure to improve in addition to giving Snedeker some serious momentum heading into the FedEx Cup Playoffs.