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article imageGolfer withdraws from tournament as wife goes into labor

By Jonathan Lam     Jul 27, 2013 in Sports
Toronto - Leading the RBC Canadian Open through two rounds, Hunter Mahan withdrew himself at the start of his thrid round when he finds out that his wife had gone into labor.
Mahan was warming up on the range when he receives a phone call informing him that his wife was about to go into labor. Mahan planned to fly from Totonto to Dallas to be with her during the period of giving birth.
But his sudden withdrawal left John Merrick, who trailed Mahan by two shots after 36 holes and was to be paired with him in the third round, to play by himself on Saturday.
Kandi Mahan, his wife, has been reported to not give birth until the week after the PGA Championship.
Mahan had been scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET, but an 80-minute rain delay pushed his tee time back to 2:50 p.m. He never made it onto the course.
Mahan later said, “I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child. As a result, I have withdrawn from the RBC Canadian Open to return to Dallas. I would like to extend my very sincere gratitude and appreciation to RBC and the RBC Canadian Open. Kandi and I are thrilled about this addition to the Mahan family and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years.”
The couple will be naming their first born baby girl Zoe.
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