by Jeff Skinner
Brandt Snedeker shot a two under par 70 to win at the RBC Canadian Open to earn his second victory of the year. The thirty-two year old Vanderbilt grad captured his sixth PGA Tour win and moves into third place in the FedEx Cup standings.
Snedeker may not be as flashy as Tiger Woods or as popular as Phil Mickelson but he has matured into a force on the PGA Tour. Since 2011 only Tiger (7) has more wins than Snedeker who his tied with Rory McIlroy at five wins each.
Sneds may want to cut a few checks for a pair of PGA Tour pros that did their best to help him out with this one. Second round leader Hunter Mahan flew the Canadian coop before the third round started because his wife went into labor. (Congrats, it’s a girl and all are healthy.) And Dustin Johnson had a few “labor pains” of his own. Tied for the lead on the seventeenth hole, DJ let loose with a wild drive, had to re-tee, drove into a fairway bunker and needed four strokes to get in the hole. A triple bogey seven cost him a chance at the win.
Snedeker’s game has come into form as the Tour heads into a critical stage of the season. This week is the WGC Bridgestone Invitational followed by the PGA Championship. After that the last tournament of the regular season is the Wyndham Championship and then the FedEx Cup playoffs begin.