How it happened: Snedeker takes lead in Canada

Brandt Snedeker during the 2013 British Open at Muirfield.

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With overnight leader Hunter Mahan deciding to withdraw an hour before his tee time on Saturday afternoon due to the pending birth of his first daughter in Dallas, it became a wide-open race at the RBC Canadian Open.

Brandt Snedeker fired a 9-under 63 to take the lead heading into the final round, one shot clear of David Lingmerth and two ahead of Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn.

Dustin Johnson also posted a 63 and is three back with Kyle Stanley, Charley Hoffman and Greg Owen.

See how it unfolded on Saturday:

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Update #9: 6:16 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker fires a 9-under 63 to get to 14 under, one shot clear of David Lingmerth, who fires a 7-under 65.

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Update #8: 4:39 p.m. EDT

Of the players in the clubhouse, only 11 have been worse than par on Saturday, with plenty of low scores vaulting some big names into contention.

Charl Schwartzel used a double-eagle on Friday to get inside the cut line and then posted a 6-under 66 to move to 7 under overall for the tournament, currently T-17.

Vijay Singh also posted a 66 to get all the way to T-13 as the final group neared the turn.

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Update #7: 4:29 p.m. EDT

Dustin Johnson, who was in contention at the Open Championship from start to finish, eagles the par-5 18th to cap off a bogey-free, 9-under 63 to vault into contention, currently two shots off the lead at 11 under.

Johnson barely made the cut after opening with a 75 on Thursday, but followed it with a 67 that kept him in the tournament.

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Update #6: 4:20 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar ends his round with a birdie at the par-5 18th and gets into the clubhouse at 12 under behind a bogey-free, 8-under 64. He is one shot back of Brandt Snedeker.

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Update #5: 4:14 p.m. EDT

Matt Kuchar, after a second-round 74, has battled his way to the first page of the leaderboard by going 7 under through 17 holes on Saturday, moving all the way to 11 under and two shots off the current lead.

Kuchar has two PGA Tour titles in 2013.

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Update #4: 4:10 p.m. EDT

Brandt Snedeker picks up his eighth birdie of the day -- against no bogeys -- and he moves to 8 under on the day through 13 holes, and 13 under for the tournament.

Charley Hoffman also separates himself from the group right behind Snedeker, picking up a birdie on No. 9 and gets to 12 under.

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Update #3: 4:01 p.m. EDT

John Merrick, playing by himself in the final group because of Hunter Mahan's WD, is 3 over through five holes and is now 8 under for the tournament, four off the lead.

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Update #2: 4 p.m. EDT

With Hunter Mahan choosing to withdraw after his wife went into labor, Brandt Snedeker has taken advantage by going 7 under through 12 holes to jump out to a one-shot lead over Dustin Johnson, Matt Kuchar, Charley Hoffman and Aaron Baddeley.

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Update #1: 9:15 a.m. EDT

Canadian Brad Fritsch has withdrawn from the RBC, telling his fans on Twitter:

"Not real sure how to describe the emotions of withdrawing this AM from @RBCCanadianOpen. Just can't handle the back pain."

Fritsch has made 16 of 21 cuts this season on Tour, but has only one top-10 finish. He is currently 125th in the FedEx Cup standings, which would put him into the first FedEx Cup playoff event.

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Weather conditions

Expect rain or storms, according to accuweather.com, with a 50 percent chance throughout the morning and afternoon.

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Friday's coverage

• How it Happened: Mahan charges to Canadian Open lead

Hunter Mahan started his Friday six shots back of mid-round leader John Merrick – who had posted a 62 in the morning. By going bogey-free and closing with three straight birdies, however, Mahan was able to take over.

• Knox cards fifth 59 in Web.com Tour history

Taking the lead at the Boise Open, Russell Knox of Scotland carded a 29 on his closing nine – and more importantly a 59 for his round.

• 14-year-old becomes youngest winner of pro event

Move over Lydia Ko, there's a new youngster in town. Amateur Phachara Khongwatmai, at the tender age of 14, become the youngest golfer ever to win a pro event when he went 13 under at the ASEAN PGA Tour's Singhua Hin Open.

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Thursday's coverage

5 Things: Steele leads as Kuchar gives chase; Open contestants OK

Brendan Steele birdied seven of 11 holes during his morning round to take the opening-round lead Thursday at the RBC Canadian Open – but he's got some well-known company not far behind him.

How it Happened: Steele moves to Canadian Open first-round lead

Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell are among the top-ranked players who made the trip back across the pond for the RBC Canadian Open. But Brendan Steele's 65 put them in his rear-view mirror Thursday as he took the lead at Glen Abbey. See how the first round unfolded.

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Preview coverage

Fantasy Tip Sheet: Snedeker, Kuchar lead picks

Normally, the week after a major is calm. That isn't the case this week at the RBC Canadian, with the likes of Bubba Watson, Luke Donald, Jim Furyk and Dustin Johnson in the field. Yet, none of those names register as favorites this week in Canada.

Tee times led by big groups for first and second rounds

Another week, another country for PGA Tour golfers as they return from Scotland to the RBC Canadian Open, led by Matt Kuchar, Brandt Snedeker and Graeme McDowell as some of the top-ranked golfers in the field's tee times.

Nova Scotia's Banks among 3 Canadians to Monday-qualify

As if we didn't already know his heart was healthy again, Canadian Eric Banks, who plays for the University of Florida, won a playoff to become one of three natives to Monday-qualify for this week's RBC Canadian Open on the PGA Tour.

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Open Championship perspective

Hate to be Rude: Mickelson cracks top-10 all-time

Phil Mickelson’s remarkable Open Championship victory moves him up to a new level historically. Given a record of 42 Tour victories that includes five major-championship titles, one can sensibly say the left-hander is now one of the 10 best players in modern golf history, columnist Jeff Rude writes.

Mickelson's nearly a decade removed from label of best to never win a major

The 2003 PGA Championship, in which Shaun Micheel was the surprise winner, marked the last time Phil Mickelson walked away from a major never having won one.

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