The 2013 RBC Canadian Open will be remembered by many as the one at which the 36-hole leader, Hunter Mahan, withdrew to witness the birth of his first child. But to others, it represented an opportunity to witness the gathering momentum of Brandt Snedeker into a future No. 1 player in the world.
With a win at the Ladies European Masters in England, Karrie Webb tried to steal some of the spotlight from the royal baby and Inbee Park, the overwhelming favorite to win this week's Ricoh Women's British Open.
1. The perfect age
With a 3-shot win at the RBC Canadian Open for his second victory of the year, Snedeker solidified his place as one of the top 32-year-old players in the world.
In 2013, Adam Scott and Justin Rose, both 32, have distinguished themselves by winning majors. With six career wins and a FedEx Cup playoffs title on his résumé, Snedeker is poised to become a regular contender at majors, with a realistic shot at becoming No. 1 in the world.
The Nashville native has had a good year in the majors with a tie for sixth in the Masters, a tie for 17th at the U.S. Open and a tie for 11th at the Open Championship.
He should be the third 32-year-old player to win a major this year.
2. Family man
Mahan's mind was made up that he would withdraw from the RBC Canadian Open whenever he got the word that his wife, Kandi, was going into labor with their first child.
But this was before he shot 67-64 to take the 36-hole lead. Seldom does an athlete actually have to follow through on this selfless act of domestic responsibility.
In 1999, Amanda Mickelson spared her father, Phil, the stress of this predicament by coming into the world the day after his duel with Payne Stewart in the U.S. Open at Pinehurst.
Mahan got the call that Kandi was going into labor during his warm-up before his third round on Saturday. And he didn't waste a minute getting back home to Dallas.
Early Sunday morning, Mahan and his wife welcomed a girl they named Zoe Olivia Mahan.
Mahan did the right thing. At 31, he has hundreds of opportunities in front of him to win PGA Tour events. There was only once chance to see the birth of his first child.
Yet it would have been understandable had he played on. I wonder what a less established player would have done in that situation. Winning a prestigious title like the Canadian Open could stabilize a man's career and put his family on a track for long-term financial security.
Mahan, a five-time tour winner with more than $24 million in career earnings, might have made the same decision were he not one of the top players in the game.
It's a testament to both his commitment to his family and to the success of his career that it was an easy decision for him to make.
3. Very badly
Before his tie for ninth at the RBC Canadian Open, Aaron Baddeley had missed 10 consecutive cuts on the PGA Tour. The RBC Heritage in April was the last time the 32-year-old Australian played on a weekend on tour.
Few players go through their careers without navigating such a difficult stretch of missed cuts. Baddeley, who has three PGA Tour wins, missed eight straight cuts during his rookie season of 2000.
To put Tiger Woods' amazing record into some perspective, he has only missed 10 cuts in his career.
Baddeley was exposed to the ugly side of tour life. The worst encounter a reporter can have with a player is on Friday evening after they have missed a 3-footer for par to make the cut. With nowhere to play on the weekend, a player can hang around to practice, pay the airline change fee to get home sooner or hide out in the hotel room until Sunday night.
Perhaps the worst part of missing a cut for tour players is that they don't earn a single penny for their 36 holes of work. When a major league baseball player goes into a deep slump, he might get benched or shipped down to Triple-A, but he still gets paid.
On Sunday, Baddeley earned $151,200. No matter how much money he has in the bank through endorsements and career earnings, he appreciates this check more than most.
4. Mr. Top-10
Matt Kuchar got his seventh top-10 on Sunday after a tie for second in Canada. With six more events on his 2013 schedule, the 35-year-old could reach the career-best 11 top-10s he had in 2010.
Along with the WGC-Match Play win in February, Kuchar also won the Memorial in June, giving him multiple wins in a season for the first time in his career. He's close to greatness. At some point, his consistency is going to lead him to a win at a major championship.
In the meantime, he will carry on as Mr. Top-10.
5. Inbee in Karrie's web?
Karrie Webb could be Inbee Park's biggest challenger when the Ricoh Women's British Open begins Thursday on the Old Course at St. Andrews.
The 38-year-old Australian won the Ladies European Masters in England on Sunday for her third victory of the year. A seven-time major champion, Webb won the Women's British Open in 2002 at Turnberry. Last year, she had a tie for fifth at Royal Liverpool.
All eyes will be on Park, who is vying for a record fourth consecutive professional major. The pressure on her will be intense.
An veteran like Webb could step in with her wisdom and steal the spotlight from the young South Korean.