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Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Tiger becomes a dad on Monday:
On the tee ... Sam Alexis Woods

Tiger Woods is, of course, "delighted" with the birth of his baby girl on Monday and that "mother and daughter are doing just fine."
Woods said on his website "tigerwoods.com" that he and wife, Elin, have named their first born Sam Alexis Woods.
"Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully," Woods wrote. "We want to thank our doctors and the hospital staff for all their dedicated and hard work.
"This is truly a special time in our lives and we look forward to introducing Sam to our family and friends over the next few weeks. We thank everyone for their well wishes and continued respect of our privacy."
Woods did not say what hospital the baby was born in but he and Elin have a home in Orlando, Florida. He would only say the baby was born early Monday morning.
The due date had been a closely-guarded secret by the celebrity couple. Earlier this month, Woods spoke to organizers of the 2007 US PGA Championship, telling a luncheon gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma that the upcoming birth had helped heal his heavy heart.
"This year is totally different," Woods said. "From losing a father to certainly becoming a father. My life is in two totally different places a polar 180 from one another."
Woods has been keeping his schedule understandably open-ended. It's anybody's guess when Woods will play next as he has already said he planned to take a break and stay close to home after the birth.
"I'm pacing myself already just because of the fact that I have a baby coming up," Woods told the Tulsa group.
"I don't know how much I'm going to play after that or how much I'm going to play before that.
"A lot of that is depending on what happens and the health of Elin and our child."
Woods also said he would forego playing in a major during the period straddling the child's birth. The next major on the schedule, the Open at Carnoustie, is set for July 19.

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