OAKVILLE, ONT. - Oh baby, what a day at the Canadian Open!
Saturday’s third round had a little bit of everything. There was a weather delay, a couple of nine-under pars, a hole-in-one, a crowded leaderboard, one lonely guy and, oh yeah, second-round leader Hunter Mahan pulled out of the tournament because his wife was in labour.
But when the dust cleared, it was American Brandt Snedeker who stood alone at the top of the leaderboard with a three-round total of 14-under-par 202.
Snedeker was one of the players who went out and fired a nine-under 63 on a wet and receptive Glen Abbey, and now holds a one-shot lead over Swede David Lingmerth who posted a seven under to get to minus-13.
Snedeker had a chance to challenge for the course record of 10-under par, set by golf great Greg Norman in 1986 and then matched on Friday by American John Merrick, when he came off the 16th green with a birdie on his card and sitting at nine-under par.