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Golf roundup: Brandt Snedeker shoots 63 to take Canadian Open lead

Published July 27, 2013 7:54 pm

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Oakville, Ontario • Brandt Snedeker was on 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.

Mahan, the second-round leader at 13 under, withdrew Saturday to rush home to Dallas for the birth of his first child Saturday, leaving a big opening for Snedeker.

"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 had a 9-under 63 at rainy Glen Abbey to take the lead after the third round. He won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February for his fifth PGA Tour victory.

"I know how to handle it and I know what to expect tomorrow especially on a golf course like this," Snedeker said. "I'm not too concerned about my number right now. I know what I have to do tomorrow."

Senior British Open

Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday, mastering Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, 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. David Frost of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place, while Wiebe only managed a 70 to drop into third, four shots back. —

Leaderboard

Canadian Open

Brandt Snedeker -14

David Lingmerth -13

Matt Kuchar -12

Jason Bohn -12

Also

Mike Weir -3