Brandt Snedeker of the USA posted a final round of 70 to win the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville by three shots from a group of four players.

Snedeker took a two-stroke lead into the final round by posting an excellent third round of nine-under-par 63, after 36-hole leader Hunter Mahan had withdrawn when his wife had gone into early labour.

It was a second PGA Tour title in 2013 for Snedeker and, in breezy conditions, he held on well through the final round.

“I made the key putts I needed to and was able to survive,” said Snedeker. “That’s what today was all about. It feels great to get a win, to validate the hard work I’ve put in over the past three months.”

Dustin Johnson looked like being Snedeker’s closest challenger. The long hitter drew level at the top of the leaderboard when he birdied the 16th. But he then drove out of bounds on the 17th and racked up a triple bogey seven. He finished tied for second with Jason Bohn, Matt Kuchar and William McGirt, three shots behind Snedeker. Johnson was keen to take the positives from the week.

“I was playing well,” Johnson said. “But made a poor swing and blocked it a bit. Still there’s nothing wrong with my golf game and I’ll go get them next weekend.”

Halfway leader Hunter Mahan made it back to Texas in time to be there for the birth of his first child, a baby girl called Zoe Olivia.

“Zoe will get a nice gift from me,” said Snedeker. “I can’t thank Kandi enough for going into labour early. I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if she hadn’t!”

RBC Canadian Open
Glen Abbey GC, Oakville, Ontario
Jul 25-28, purse $5,600,000 par 72

1   Brandt Snedeker (USA)   70   69   63   70   272   $1,008,000
T2   Jason Bohn (USA)   70   68   66   71   275   $369,600
T2   Dustin Johnson (USA)   75   67   63   70   275   $369,600
T2   Matt Kuchar (USA)   66   74   64   71   275   $369,600
T2   William McGirt (USA)   71   69   67   68   275   $369,600
T6   Roberto Castro (USA)   69   70   67   70   276   $187,600
T6   John Merrick (USA)   71   62   72   71   276   $187,600

T6   Mark Wilson (USA)   70   69   67   70   276   $187,600
T9   Aaron Baddeley (Aus)   68   68   73   68   277   $151,200

T9   Jim Furyk (USA)      72   67   68   70   277   $151,200
T9   Patrick Reed (USA)   68   68   70   71   277   $151,200

Note: Player score in bold signifies Titleist ball usage

Where next?
European Tour –
Michael Hoey wins M2M Russian Open