Snedeker crosses Canadian Open off bucket list

Brandt Snedeker won the Canadian Open on Sunday for his second PGA Tour title of the year, closing with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory.

Snedeker held off Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Jason Bohn and William McGirt to finish at 16-under-par with Aaron Baddeley the best of the Australians in a tie for 9th at 11-under-par.

Brandt Snedeker Brandt Snedeker (Credit: Anthony Powter)

A six-time PGA Tour winner, Snedeker also won the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February.

Snedeker claimed the $US1 million top prize at Glen Abbey Golf Club after shooting a third-round 63 to take the lead following the departure of 36-hole leader Hunter Mahan, who withdrew to attend the birth of his first child.

“It feels great to get a win,” said Snedeker, whose five wins since the start of 2011 trails only Tiger Woods’ total of seven.

“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.”

Dustin Johnson was tied for the lead on Sunday after a birdie on the 16th, then drove out of bounds and hit the lip of a fairway bunker to record a triple-bogey 7 on the par-4 17th. He finished with a 70.

It was a classic reflection of Johnson’s game, namely one of extremes.

The world number 21 possesses a huge amount of talent mixed with numerous breakdowns, no more so when he decided to not read the local rules at Whistling Straits at the 2010 PGA Championship, and couldn’t tell a bunker from a patch of dirt.

He won the FedEx St. Jude Classic in 2012, and won in Maui this year at the Hyundai Tournament of Champions to keep his six-year win streak alive.

Yet on Sunday Jonson let another PGA Tour slip from his grasp.

“You know, it’s a driver hole for me, and I just blocked it a little bit,” remarked Johnson.

“I 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.”

Snedeker, the reigning FedEx Cup champion, heads to Akron this week for the WGC Bridgestone Invtitational having climbed to third in the PGA Tour’s FedEx Cup standings.

With the PGA Championship starting a week from Thursday at Oak Hill, Snedeker should also not be overlooked given the seventh-ranked player in the world who, statistically at least, is about as solid as they come – third in birdies, 17th in putting, 26th in greens in regulation.

Snedeker also has been knocking on the major doors for some time, including this year with a T6 at the Masters, a T17 at the US Open and a T11 at The Open.

Stuart Appleby, Greg Chalmers, Cameron Percy, Alistair Presnell, Robert Allenby, Scott Gardiner all received a cheque finishing well down the leaderboard, with Geoff Ogilvy, John Senden, Rod Pampling, and Nathan Green, a former champion at this event, all missing the weekend.