Golf roundup: Leading, Hunter Mahan withdraws

His wife is in labor; Snedeker in control

Brandt Snedeker took advantage — and the Canadian Open lead — with a 63.
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Brandt Snedeker took advantage — and the Canadian Open lead — with a 63.

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 at Oakville, Ontario.

Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call saying wife Kandi had gone into labor with their first child. He rushed to the airport for a flight to Texas.

Snedeker had a 9-under-par 63 at Glen Abbey to take the lead after the rain-delayed third round. There were scattered showers and an 80-minute delay because of lightning.


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.

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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 play alongside a non-scoring marker.

‘‘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.’’

Johnson didn’t get news that Mahan, whose wife’s due date was still a month away, was returning to Dallas until late in his round.


‘‘It’s one of those situations where you probably wouldn’t expect him to have to leave. But sometimes that’s just how it works,’’ said Johnson.

Champions — 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 at Southport, England.

Langer shared the overnight lead with American Mark Wiebe but birdied three of his first seven holes to jump in front on his own. David Frost shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place, while Wiebe managed a 70 to drop into third, four shots back.

US Boys’ Junior Amateur — Scottie Scheffler defeated Davis Riley, 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final at Truckee, Calif.

The 17-year-old Scheffler, from Dallas, won the Texas Class AAAA state championship for the second year in a row this season. The 16-year-old Riley is from Hattiesburg, Miss.


US Girls’ Junior Amateur — Gabriella Then spoiled Lakareber Abe’s bid to become the first black female individual champion in US Golf Association history.

Then, the 17-year-old Upland, Calif., player who will be a freshman at Southern California, beat Abe, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final at Fort Wayne, Ind.

European — Michael Hoey shot a 7-under 65 to lead the Russian Open at Moscow by five strokes.