Snedeker leads Johnson, du Toit by one stroke at Canadian Open golf

Sat Jul 23, 2016 7:53pm EDT
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By Tim Wharnsby

OAKVILLE, Ontario (Reuters) - American Brandt Snedeker made an easy-looking eagle at the par-five 18th at the Canadian Open on Saturday to put himself in position for his second win of the season.

Snedeker, the 2013 champion, also moved within sight of a second win at Glen Abbey with his third-round 66 in hot and dry conditions.

At nine-total of 207, he has a one-stroke lead over U.S. Open champion Dustin Johnson (71) and 21-year-old Canadian amateur Jared du Toit (70) heading into the final round.

Snedeker started strong with five straight birdies, beginning at the second hole, and finished with an eagle after slugging a 378-yard drive downwind and sticking a lob wedge approach to seven feet behind the hole.

His form is timely heading into the final major of the year, the PGA Championship at Baltusrol next week.

“My golf game’s not been where it should have been the last couple months,” said the 35-year-old Snedeker, who won the San Diego tour stop in February.

“I want to go out there and think well tomorrow, give myself a chance, give me a lot of confidence going into the PGA Championship, FedEx Cup playoffs and help me secure a Ryder Cup spot. There’s a lot on the line tomorrow.”

Snedeker beat Johnson by three shots at Glen Abbey in 2013, after the latter hit his tee shot out of bounds at the 17th.   Continued...

Jul 23, 2016; Oakville, Ontario, CAN; Brandt Snedeker (USA) tees off the  eleventh hole during the third round of the RBC Canadian Open golf tournament at Glen Abbey Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: Eric Bolte-USA TODAY Sports