Canadian Open: Brandt Snedeker moves in front after halfway leader Hunter Mahan withdraws
Brandt Snedeker shot a 63 to lead the Canadian Open by one shot going into the final round, as Hunter Mahan withdrew.
Last Updated: 28/07/13 10:35pm
It was a topsy-turvy third round, starting with overnight leader Hunter Mahan withdrawing to be with his wife in labour, enduring delays because of the rain while eight players blitzed the Ontario course with scores of 66 or better.
Mahan was on 13 under with a two-shot lead when he received the call on his way to the first tee and opted to pull out of the chance to earn $1 million.
In a statement on the PGA Tour's website, Mahan said: "Kandi and I are thrilled about this addition to the Mahan family and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years."
His departure left fellow American Snedeker to steal the headlines with a nine-under card at Glen Abbey, leaving him a stroke ahead of Sweden's David Lingmerth, who was round in 65.
Matt Kuchar (64) and Jason Bohn (66) were one shot further behind, while England's Greg Owen ended the day just four off the pace after shooting a fine 67 that would have been even better had it not been for a bogey on the 18th.
Dustin Johnson had an eagle three at the 18th in a 63 that took him to 11-under 205, alongside fellow US players Kyle Stanley and Charley Hoffman.
'Ride it out'
Snedeker looked to be showing no ill effects from his collapse at The Open at Muirfield last week as he birdied the opening hole and went on to produce a blemish-free round, including nine birdies in total.
"I know how to handle it and I know what to expect (today), especially on a golf course like this," said Snedeker. "I know what I have to do.
"I knew I had a chance if I could keep the momentum going after the first six holes and I could really ride it out and do something special today."
Northern Ireland's Graeme McDowell will not be around for the final round after his 76 saw him squeezed out of the tournament along with three others under the PGA Tour's MDF (made cut, did not finish) rule.
That is enforced effectively as a Saturday cull after over 70 players make the halfway cut, to keep the field at a more manageable size for the final round.
"Another strange day at the office," McDowell wrote on Twitter. "Didn't drive it great and putted awful. Been working so hard on my long game lately putting has suffered."