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 on Saturday.
Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call before he was scheduled to tee off on 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.
“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,” Snedeker said.
There were scattered showers and an 80-minute delay because of lightning.
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.
SOUTHPORT, England — Bernhard Langer seized a three-shot lead after the third round of the Senior British Open on Saturday, mastering Royal Birkdale with superb links play for a 4-under 66.
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 of South Africa shot his third straight 68 to sit alone in second place, while Wiebe only managed a 70 to drop into third, four shots back.
Langer says “that was as good as I can play. My ball striking was almost perfect and I played really well.”
MOSCOW — Michael Hoey shot a 7-under 65 on Saturday to lead the Russian Open by five strokes going into the last round.
The Northern Irishman, who is chasing his fifth European Tour title, made an eagle on the par-5 eighth hole and had six birdies for an overall 14-under 202.
Overnight leader Rikard Karlberg (72) of Sweden and Matthew Nixon (68) of England are tied for second with 207.
Hoey hasn’t finished better than 25th this season on the European Tour, but says “it was one of those days where everything went my way for the most part.”
Karlberg dropped four shots on his first six holes before recovering with four birdies the rest of the way.