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Monday, July 29, 2013

The Limerick Summary: 2013 RBC Canadian Open

Winner: Brandt Snedeker

Around the wider world of golf: Wow, what a busy weekend! Scottie Scheffler won the US Junior Amateur and Gabriella Then won the US Girl's Junior Amateur; Michael Hoey won the M2M Russian Open on the ET; Bernhard Langer and Mark Wiebe will finish up a playoff this morning to determine the winner of the Senior Open Championship on the Champions Tour; Ainil Johani Abu Bakar won the Taiwan LPGA Kenda Tire Open on the LAGT; Karrie Webb won the ISPS HANDA Ladies European Masters on the LET; Olivia Jordan-Higgins won the Credit Union Classic on the Symetra Tour; and Kevin Tway (yep, that's 1986 PGA Championship winner Bob Tway's son) won a playoff at the Albertsons Boise Open on the Tour. (UPDATE: Wiebe won the playoff. I'm still in shock that Langer ended up in a playoff at all!)

Sneds gives 'em what for in Canada

This photo should be captioned, "Take THAT, all you players at the RBC Canadian Open... except for you, Hunter. Thanks for going home, buddy!"

Would Hunter Mahan have won the tournament if he'd stayed and played with the lead instead of charging back to Texas and his wife Kandi for the birth of his daughter Zoe Olivia? (In case you missed it, she was born around 3:30am Sunday morning, about 3 hours after I finished Sunday's post. Mother and daughter are doing well, by all reports.) I don't know. I doubt it, since golf would have been the LAST thing on Hunter's mind after the phone call that Kandi had gone into labor.

But RBC-sponsored player and honorary Canadian Brandt Snedeker clearly didn't mind the assist. (Brandt's caddie is Scott Vail, actual Canadian and son of the former Calgary Flames hockey star Eric ‘Big Train’ Vail.) Brandt told the media:
"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."
True, but this win is important to Brandt for several reasons. Of course, it gave him his second win of the season -- pushing him into the rarified company of Tiger, Phil, and Kuchar -- as well as putting to rest any more questions about his injured ribs.

But it also moved him to 3rd in the FedExCup rankings. Did you know that no FedExCup champion has ever made it back to the finals the next year? Brandt is in good position to do that now, what with only 3 events left until the playoffs, which could mean he'll be making history. There's a huge gap between 4th and 5th place -- 1020 points -- which means the top 4 are pretty much locks for now. While the points will be redistributed when the playoffs start, all Brandt needs to do is play his normal solid game and he'll likely reach East Lake still in the top 5.

With his future in his own hands.

Brandt Snedeker seems to like it that way.

In the meantime, there's a WGC and a major to be won. Brandt is 32, just like Adam Scott and Justin Rose (and markedly unlike Phil, but that's another story), winners of the Masters and US Open earlier this year. Now if he can just convince Hunter to stay home with Kandi and Zoe until after the PGA...

In any case, this week's Limerick Summary is dedicated to the man who knows how to turn a "labor of love" into a victory:
Once Hunter flew back home to Kandi,
Brandt said, “Winning here would be dandy!
My caddie’s a local
So I’m sure these folk’ll
Be glad… Plus, the points will be handy.“
If you want to see a picture of Brandt with his trophy, you can find it here at the tournament page. Obviously, I liked this photo from much better!

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