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Cheat Sheet: What you need to know for Sunday in golf

July 27, 2013

Nice guys finish first?

Tour good guy Brandt Snedeker grabbed the lead heading into the final round of the Canadian Open after second-round leader Hunter Mahan withdrew when his wife Kandi went into labor with the couple's first child. As Hunter pointed out, the choice was obvious, vowing to "return to the RBC Canadian Open for years to come," and with the leader suddenly sidelined, Snedeker took full advantage with a 63 on moving day. Snedeker heads a leader board that includes Matt Kuchar, Kyle Stanley, Charley Hoffman and John Merrick (who played solo on Saturday after Mahan's withdrawal). In a tournament with no shortage of heartwarming stories, now the question is, will one of these perennial good guys close out the tournament with a win?

Can Bernhard Langer cement his legacy as one of the Champions Tour's all-time best?


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Not warming any hearts this week was Steve Elkington, whose controversial tweets at the Senior British Open have overshadowed his strong play. Elk finds himself tied for 11th place at one over, but even with a police escort, he's still 11 strokes behind third-round leader Bernhard Langer. The German grabbed the outright lead with a Saturday 66, three strokes better than David Frost and four better than second-round co-leader Mark Wiebe. And given Langer's track record on the Champions Tour, it's unlikely anyone will be able to catch him. Langer, who has won an impressive 18 times -- tied for 13th place all-time despite only six-and-a-half years on Tour -- will be seeking his third major, and first since the 2010 Open. With a win at this year's British, Langer will leave no doubt he is among the greatest to lace them up after the age of 50.

Will the owner of a 59 win the Boise stop?

For the second time in three weeks someone on the tour fired a 59 when Russell Knox accomplished the feat on Friday, two weeks after Will Wilcox hit the magic number in the final round of the Utah Championship. Wilcox, however failed to win, finishing one stroke short of a playoff. So will Knox suffer the same fate on Sunday in Idaho? Capitalizing on a six-hole stretch where he was 7-under par, Knox surged to the front of the Albertsons Boise Open after two rounds, but a third-round 68 slipped him into second place; one stroke off the lead, and one ahead of group of players at 16 under, including -- you guessed it -- Will Wilcox.