He may be an American golf pro, but Brandt Snedeker says winning the Canadian Open has been a goal for a long time since his father is Canadian. Snedeker took the tournament and its more than $1 million prize.
Brandt Snedeker has had his eye on the RBC Canadian Open title for some time.The early arrival of a baby in Texas helped make it happen.Snedeker moved to the top of the field after second-round leader Hunter Mahan withdrew when his wife unexpectedly went into labour, and held on Sunday for his second victory of the season and the sixth of his career.Mahan, who had a two-stroke lead at 13 under through 36 holes, rushed home to be with wife Kandi, who gave birth to daughter Zoe early Sunday."Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me. 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," Snedeker said with a laugh after shooting a final-round 70 to finish 16 under. "But that is a way more important thing than a golf tournament. I missed a golf tournament when my first was born, and it was the best decision I ever made. I'm sure Hunter would say the same thing."Dustin Johnson (70), Matt Kuchar (71), William McGrit (68) and Jason Bohn (71) tied for second at 13 under behind Snedeker, who said winning the PGA Tour's only stop north of the border is special for a number of reasons."This is a tournament I said early on in my career I wanted to win just because my caddie is actually from Canada and it's his national open. It meant a lot to him, meant a lot to me," said the 32-year-old from Nashville. "Third oldest tournament on Tour and it's got some great history to it, and now to put my name on that trophy, it means a lot."After a Saturday that saw a number of players score in the mid-60s thanks to a calm morning and a soggy afternoon, Glen Abbey Golf Club bit back with breezy conditions at the suburban course some 40 kilometres west of Toronto."The wind was blowing very hard. Every fairway was tough to hit, every green was getting firm. It placed an importance on managing your golf ball," Snedeker said. "I was able to hit some quality shots coming down the stretch when I needed to and put the ball in the right spot."Snedeker, who pocketed $1,008,000 of the tournament's $5.6-million purse, also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February and is finally healthy after a bothersome rib injury.