Leader Hunter Mahan withdraws from RBC Canadian Open when wife goes into labor

Sam Greenwood

How much would you give up to see the birth of your child? Apparently, for Hunter Mahan, the answer is a bit over $1 million and the opportunity to win the RBC Canadian Open, as he withdrew, despite leading, to be with his wife.

Hunter Mahan won't win the RBC Canadian Open, but he might win the award for this weekend's most dedicated dad. Despite leading the tournament, the 31-year-old withdrew to be with his wife Kandi, after she went into labor with the couple's first child.

Mahan was 13-under, two strokes clear of Dustin Johnson and John Merrick, before the start of his third round at Glen Abbey Golf Course in Oakville, Ontario. Had he held on to win, he would've taken a winning share of $1 million and gotten his first tournament win since last year's Shell Houston Open. But, he didn't hesitate to leave that all behind to go home to Texas to be with his wife.

The No. 22 golfer in the world, Mahan has been married to Kandi, a former Cowboys cheerleader and Mavericks dancer, since 2011. He finished fourth at the U.S. Open and ninth at the British Open, but doesn't have a win yet on the year, finishing second in the Accenture Match Play Championship. A win would have been the sixth PGA Tour victory of the Oklahoma State graduate's career. He's earned over $24 million in his ten years on the tour, including $2.339 million this year, 13th on this year's money list, but casual golf fans might know him best from his music videos as a member of the "Golf Boys" with Bubba Watson, Rickie Fowler, and Ben Crane.

Mahan had yet to tee off after leading through 36 holes. Johnson and Merrick are now tied for the lead, two strokes ahead of Watson and Brandt Snedeker.

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