Talk of Mahan's withdrawal sells Snedeker short

Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. celebrates with caddy Scott Vail of Canada after winning the Canadian...

Brandt Snedeker of the U.S. celebrates with caddy Scott Vail of Canada after winning the Canadian Open at the Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ont., July 28, 2013. (REUTERS/Mark Blinch)

TIM MCKAY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 6:30 PM ET

The Golf Channel posed this question the other day: for what will the Canadian Open be most remembered, Brandt Snedeker's victory, or Hunter Mahan's withdrawal?

Well, in the short term, it's likely Mahan's choice to pull out of the tournament while holding a two-stroke lead after 36 holes. It's a great story and he did the right thing — it would have been interesting to see what would've happened had it been Joe Schmoe golfer instead of one of the world's top 10, though — but it's not entirely fair to Snedeker.

In the long run, once the Mahan story dies down and his new daughter Zoe is old enough to appreciate the tale, Snedeker will be listed as the 2013 Canadian Open champion in the record books. The Mahan connection, at the moment, does a disservice to what Snedeker accomplished at Glen Abbey but that will go away with time.

Besides, it's a bit of a stretch to say Mahan would have won the tournament.


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