OAKVILLE, Ontario – Brandt Snedeker was on the seventh tee when he noticed something wasn’t quite right.
He couldn’t find Hunter Mahan’s name at the top of the Canadian Open leaderboard.
“I looked at my caddie, and I go, ‘What’s going on?’” Snedeker said. “He goes, ‘I think Hunter had to leave because (his wife) went into labor.’”
His caddie was right.
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Mahan, the second-round leader at 13 under, withdrew Saturday to rush home to the Dallas area for the birth of his first child.
“Kind of left the tournament wide open,” Snedeker said. “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.”
Snedeker, a five-time winner on the PGA Tour, had a 9-under-par 63 at rainy Glen Abbey to take the lead at 14-under 202 after the third round.
Mahan withdrew before he was scheduled to tee off in a round 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,” Mahan 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.”
Kandi Mahan is a former cheerleader for the NFL Dallas Cowboys.
Sweden’s David Lingmerth (65) was one shot behind Snedeker.
Kyle Stanley (66) of Gig Harbor was tied for fifth place at 11 under.
Ex-Washington Husky Richard H. Lee (69) was tied for 32nd at 6 under and Jeff Gove (71) of Seattle was tied for 48th at 4 under.
Langer leads Senior British Open
SOUTHPORT, England – German Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a 4-under 66.
Langer shared the overnight lead with American Mark Wiebe but birdied three of his first seven holes to jump in front on his own. Langer was at 9-under 201.
David Frost of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second and Wiebe (70) is four strokes back.
Seattle native Fred Couples (68), the defending champion, was tied for 22nd place at 4 over.
Langer, who won the 2010 Senior British Open at Carnoustie, said, “That was as good as I can play. My ball-striking was almost perfect and I played really well, apart from the mistake at the 14th (resulting in a bogey).”
Three players were tied for fourth place, six shots back — home favorite Sandy Lyle (69), Australian Peter Fowler (70) and Gene Sauers (70) of the United States.
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