Oakville, July 29: 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.
Mahan's wife, Kandi, gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan early Sunday in Texas.
Snedeker finished at 16-under 272. The six-time PGA Tour winner also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
Snedeker had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He birdied the par-4 10th to move to 16 under, but gave the shot back on the par-3 12th. He birdied the par-5 16th and parred the final two holes.
Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn tied for second.
Johnson was tied for the lead after a birdie on No. 16, then drove out of bounds and hit the lip of a fairway bunker en route to a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th. He finished with a 70.
McGirt had a 68, and Kuchar and Bohn shot 71.
David Hearn was the top Canadian, shooting a 73 to tie for 44th at 4 under.
“It wasn't the finish that I was really looking for. I had a nice chance today,” said Hearn, a playoff loser in the John Deere Classic. “I'll take away some positives from the week. I appreciate the support from everyone here this week and it always feels good to play at home.”
Mike Weir tied for 49th at 3 under after a 72.
“I'm playing fine. Just missing too many short putts,” Weir said. “I missed a number the last couple days inside 6, 7 feet, just missing way too many of those. You need those to keep your round going sometimes and I just didn't capitalize when I had opportunities.”
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.