Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday, a day after Hunter Mahan withdrew with the lead before the third round when his wife went into labor. Kandi Mahan gave birth to daughter Zoe Olivia early Sunday in Texas.
“Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me,” Snedeker said. “I can’t thank Kandi enough for going into labor early. 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’m sure Hunter would say the same thing.”
Snedeker closed with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory.
Acworth’s Jason Bohn shot a final-round 71 to finish in a tie for second with Dustin Johnson, William McGirt and Matt Kuchar. Bohn had a chance to finish second all by himself, but his 12-foot birdie putt on the par-5 18th hole slid by on the left side. The difference between a tie for second and second alone cost Bohn $300,000.
This was the second straight top-10 finish for Bohn. Last week he finished ninth at the Sanderson Farm Championship in Mississippi.
With Bohn’s recent good play, he has jumped to 93rd in FedEx Cup points. The top 125 qualify for the end of the season playoffs.
While Bohn continued his good stretch of play, his efforts were still not good enough to put any pressure on the eventual winner.
“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. The six-time PGA Tour winner also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.
“It feels great to get a win,” Snedeker said. “To validate all the hard work I’ve put in over the past three 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. 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.”
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 shot 71.