Planet Golf — 26 July 2013 by GW staff and news services
Snedeker captures 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 held on in the breezy final round at Glen Abbey.

The six-time PGA Tour winner finished at 16-under 272. He also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.

“Just ecstatic right now,” Snedeker said. “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.”

Mahan’s wife, Kandi, gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan early Sunday in Texas.

“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.”

Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn tied for second. Johnson had a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th en route to a 70, McGirt had a 68, and Kuchar and Bohn shot 71.

“It feels great to get a win,” Snedeker said. “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.”

David Hearn was the top Canadian, shooting a 73 to tie for 44th at 4 under. Mike Weir was another stroke back after a 72.

Pat Fletcher, born in England, was the last Canadian winner, taking the 1954 event at Point Grey in Vancouver. Carl Keffer is the only Canadian-born champion, winning in 1909 and 1914. Albert Murray, a Canadian also born in England, won in 1908 and 1913.

The 2014 tournament will be played at Royal Montreal.

Final Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker, 70-69-63-70—272 (-16); William McGirt, 71-69-67-68—275 (-13);  Dustin Johnson, 75-67-63-70—275 (-13); Matt Kuchar, 66-74-64-71—275 (-13); Jason Bohn, 70-68-66-71—275 (-13).

Brandt Snedeker

–Earns sixth career PGA Tour victory at the age of 32 years, 7 months and 20 days in his 182nd start.

–Snedeker’s Tour wins (6): 2007 Wyndham Championship, 2011 The Heritage, 2012 Farmers Insurance Open, 2012 Tour Championship by Coca-Cola, 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am and 2013 RBC Canadian Open.

–Snedeker moves to No. 3 in the FedExCup standings. He trails Tiger Woods by 303 points. Snedeker, the 2012 FedExCup champion, held the lead for seven weeks earlier this year before Tiger Woods took over the lead for the last 19 weeks.

— Moves from No. 4 to No. 3 in the President’s Cup standings, with the top 10 following the Deutsche Bank Championship earning a spot on the U.S. Team.

— 2013 starts-made cuts-top-10s-wins: 16-12-8-2

Snedeker’s Statistical Breakdown:

Category                                   Figures/Percentage                   Rank

Driving Accuracy                       25 of 56 (44.6 percent)               T58

Driving Distance                        289.6 yards                               47

Greens in Regulation                 50 of 72 (69.4 percent)               T18

Strokes Gained – Putting           +5.449                                      9

Total Putts                                105                                           T2

–Snedeker has the second most wins on Tour since 2011: Tiger Woods (7), Brandt Snedeker (5), Rory McIlroy (5).

–Snedeker is tied with Bill Haas for the season lead on Tour with eight top-10 finishes. His eight top 10s is a career best. He had seven each of the last two years (2011 and 2012).

–Snedeker at the RBC Canadian Open: 2012/T34, 2010/MC, 2009/T5, 2007/T7

–Snedeker (2) joins Tiger Woods (4), Phil Mickelson (2) and Matt Kuchar (2) as multiple winners in 2013.

–Snedeker is the first third-round leader of the RBC Canadian Open to hold on for the win since Chez Reavie in 2008, when the event was contested at Glen Abbey GC.

William McGirt

–McGirt recorded his second top 10 of the season (T8/Arnold Palmer Invitational).

–McGirt at the RBC Canadian Open: 2011/T59, 2012/T2, 2013/T2

–McGirt moves from No. 119 to No. 80 in the FedExCup standings. Last year his finished No. 50 in the FedExCup standings on the strength of a T10 finish at the Barclays.

–Seven of McGirt’s last eight rounds in Canada have been in the 60s.

–McGirt has been under-par in his last nine rounds, dating to a second round 69 at the John Deere Classic (MC).

Dustin Johnson

–Johnson notches his fourth top 10 of the season in 16 starts. Johnson held a share of the lead at 15-under until hitting his drive out of bounds on the par-4 17th and recording a triple-bogey.

–Johnson’s only other start at the RBC Canadian Open resulted in a WD after a first round 74 in 2008.

–Johnson opened with a 75 in the first round, but jumped into contention with rounds of 67-63-70.

Miscellaneous

–Matt Kuchar (T2) recorded his seventh top 10 of the season and first since winning the Memorial on June 2.

–Jason Bohn (T2) records back-to-back top-10 finishes for the first time in his career in 241 starts. He was T9 last week at the Sanderson Farms Championship. Bohn moves from No. 137 to No. 93 in the FedExCup standings. He has not made it to the second FedExCup Playoff event (Deutsche Bank Championship) since 2010.

–Robert Castro (T6) records his second top 10 of the season (2nd/AT&T National). He has made 14 of 23 cuts this season with eight top 25s. Castro missed the cut last year in his only other start in Canada.

–John Merrick (T6) notches his first top 10 in his fourth start in Canada. It is his first top 10 since winning the Northern Trust Open earlier this year.

–Jim Furyk (T9) recorded his third top 10 of the season. He has had four-or-more top 10s every year since 2005.

–The third-round lead/co-leader has gone on to win 50 times at the RBC Canadian Open between 1945 and 2013.

–A total of 18 Canadians began the week in the field. Three played all four rounds:

Player                          Final Standing

David Hearn                  T44

Mike Weir                      T49

Roger Sloan                  T52

 

–Canadian Mike Weir finished T49 in his 22nd consecutive start at the RBC Canadian Open (23 total).

–There were eight past RBC Canadian Open champions in the field: Scott Piercy/2012 (T52), Nathan Green/2009 (MC), Chez Reavie/2008 (T31), Jim Furyk/2006-2007 (T9), Vijay Singh/2004 (T31), John Rollins/2002 (MC), Scott Verplank/2001 (T40) and Billy Andrade/1998 (MC).

Bogey-free rounds:

R1: Scott Brown (66), Patrick Reed (68), Jeff Overton (70).

R2: John Merrick (62), Hunter Mahan (64), Camilo Villegas (65), Cameron Tringale (67), Jeff Maggert (67), JJ Henry (67), Fabian Gomez (68)

R3: Brandt Snedeker (63), Dustin Johnson (63), Matt Kuchar (64), Justin Leonard (67), Justin Hicks (68).

R4: Marcel Siem (69)

 

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