Snedeker earns second Tour title of season
OAKVILLE, Ontario – Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with a 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory.
“Just ecstatic right now,” Snedeker said. “This is a tournament I said early on in my career I wanted to win just because my caddie [Scott Vail] is actually from Canada, and it’s his national open. It meant a lot to him, meant a lot to me. 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.”
Snedeker finished at 16-under 272 and held on in the breezy final round at Glen Abbey. The six-time PGA Tour winner also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
“To validate all the hard work I’ve put in over the past 3 months, where I haven’t played my best and know that I’m working on the right stuff and able to hold up under some pretty serious pressure this afternoon,” Snedeker said. “To win a tournament like this with those pivotal holes coming down the stretch means a lot.”
Snedeker had two birdies and a bogey on the front nine. He birdied the par-4 10th to move to 16-under, but gave the shot back on the par-3 12th. He birdied the par-5 16th and parred the final two holes.
“I hung in there really well and made the key putts I needed to and I was able to survive,” Snedeker said. “That’s what today is all about.”
Dustin Johnson, William McGirt, Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn tied for second.
Johnson was tied for the lead after a birdie on No. 16, then drove out of bounds and hit the lip of a fairway bunker en route to a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th. He finished with a 70.
“I was playing really well,” Johnson said. “Really confident, swinging the driver really good. So you know, it’s a driver hole for me, and I just blocked it a little bit. Made a poor swing. ... Not too happy, but I felt really good with my golf game. ... It’s nothing, nothing to worry about. I’ll go get them next weekend.”
McGirt had a 68, and Kuchar and Bohn shot 71.
David Hearn was the top Canadian, shooting a 73 to tie for 44th at 4 under.
“It wasn’t the finish that I was really looking for. I had a nice chance today,” said Hearn, a playoff loser in the John Deere Classic. “I’ll take away some positives from the week. I appreciate the support from everyone here this week and it always feels good to play at home.”