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Snedeker grabs Canadian Open lead with 63

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After 36-hole leader Hunter Mahan withdrew to be with his wife for the birth of their first child, Brandt Snedeker was the star of the day, shooting a 9-under 63 to grab the 54-hole lead in the RBC Canadian Open. Here's a look at how things ended up at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario, Canada:

Leaderboard: Brandt Snedeker (-14), David Lingmerth (-13), Matt Kuchar (-12), Jason Bohn (-12), Dustin Johnson (-11), Kyle Stanley (-11), Greg Owen (-11), Charley Hoffman (-11), John Merrick (-11)


What it means: Snedeker hasn't won since the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. His season got off to a great start when he reached the semifinals of the Hyundai Tournament of Champions, then tied for second in the Farmers Insurance Open and finished solo second in the Waste Management Phoenix Open before winning at Pebble Beach. A rib injury sidelined him for a time, but he has had three other top-10 finishes – a T-6 in the Masters, a T-8 in The Players and another T-8 in the AT&T National. 


Round of the day: Snedeker birdied six holes on the front nine to turn in 6-under 29, but could birdie only three holes on the back for 63. Failure to eagle any of Glen Abbey's four par 5s cost him a shot at a 59. He went to the 18th tee needing a birdie to tie the course record of 62, which had been matched in the second round by John Merrick. He reached the par 5 in three shots and left himself a 12-foot birdie putt, but it curled past the cup and he settled for a 63.


Best of the rest: Dustin Johnson matched Snedeker's 63, capping his round with an eagle on the par-5 18th.


Biggest disappointment: John Merrick was just two shots off the 36-hole lead and in the final group with Mahan, but Mahan's WD left him playing alone. Merrick bogeyed three of the first four holes and didn't make a birdie until the 15th. He did finish birdie-birdie-par-eagle to salvage an even-par 72.


Shot of the day: With 174 yards to the 18th green, Dustin Johnson hit an iron 4 feet from the pin and made the eagle putt to get to 11 under.


Quote of the day: 'I had a couple good chances coming down the stretch, I just hit a couple loose drives.' – Brandt Snedeker

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