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Brandt Snedeker Wins Canadian Open
Brandt Snedeker won his sixth PGA Tour title at the RBC Canadian Open by three strokes after a closing round of 70.
The American offset four birdies with two bogies to reach the closing hole with a three-shot advantage over his chasing rivals.
The 32-year-old pulled his drive into a bunker on the 18th before safely finding the fairway with his second shot. From here he eventually putt two for a par-five.
Dustin Johnson was his closest challenger and was looking good until his hopes of a victory were shattered at 17 where a poor drive cost him a triple-bogey seven.
Snedeker has vowed to use some of the $1m winner’s purse to buy Hunter Mahan's new baby Zoe a present after his rival surrendered a shot at a big payday to return home for her birth after getting a call heading to the first tee for the third round. He said of the situation: "Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me. I can't thank Kandi (Mahan) enough for going into labour early, otherwise I don't know if I'd be sitting here if she hadn't.
"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've been through this before when Kyle Stanley made a big number on the last hole and some people say he gave me the tournament. This is kind of right there with that.
"When Hunter was playing so great, he would have been tough to catch over the last two days but he's not here so there is no point in going down that road."
This victory sees Snedeker join Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson and Matt Kuchar as the only players with multiple wins season. Since 2011, only Woods with seven titles has had more wins than Snedeker, who has five.