Golf: Wife goes into labor, leader withdraws from Canadian Open

  • Associated Press
July 27, 2013
Hunter Mahan waved goodbye to the Canadian Open golf tournament after his wife went into labor. - Associated Press

OAKVILLE, Ontario – Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor, and Brandt Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later Saturday.

Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call before he was scheduled to tee off Saturday saying wife Kandi had gone into labor. The American rushed to the airport for a flight to Texas.

“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.”

Snedeker had a 9-under 63 at Glen Abbey to take the lead after the rain-delayed 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.”

The 2012 FedExCup champion had nine birdies in a bogey-free round.

Sweden’s David Lingmerth was a stroke back after a 65, and Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were 12 under. Kuchar had a 64, and Bohn shot 66.

Dustin Johnson also shot 63, good for a tie for fifth at 11 under with John Merrick (72), Greg Owen (67), Charley Hoffman (67) and Kyle Stanley (66).

Merrick, two strokes behind Mahan on Friday after a matching the course record with a second-round 62, played alone in the third round after Mahan withdrew. Merrick declined to playoff alongside a non-scoring marker.

Langer has 3-shot lead: 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.

David Frost of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place, while Mark Wiebe only managed a 70 to drop into third, four shots back.

Langer’s only bogey came on the 14th, but he finished with two birdies on 15 and 17 to stay in control.

Three players are in joint fourth place, six shots back – home favorite Sandy Lyle (69), Australian Peter Fowler (70) and first-round leader Gene Sauers of the U.S (70).

Wheatcroft in contention: Washington’s Steve Wheatcroft shot 6-under-par 65 and moved into a tie for ninth place at the Tour’s Boise Open.

Wheatcroft moved up 14 spots on the leaderboard following a round that included four birides in his first eight holes. He also had an eagle on the par-4 No. 10.

Wheatcroft is three shots behind leader Philip Pettit Jr., who shot 63, entering today’s final round.

Rohanna 7 back: Waynesburg’s Rachel Rohanna shot a second-round 73 and is tied for 14th place in the Symetra Tour’s Credit Union Classic at Drumlins Country Club in Syracuse, N.Y. Rohanna, who shot 69 in Friday’s opening round, is seven shots behidn leader Olivia Jordan-Higgins entering the final round.



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