Hunter Mahan Withdraws From Golf Tournament He Was Winning to Attend Daughter's Birth
Golfer Hunter Mahan definitely has his priorities in perspective. He was playing yesterday in the RBC Canadian Open, and was in the lead. He was at 13 under after 36 holes, if that means anything to you, but it didn't mean as much to him asattending the birth of his first child, a daughter.
His wife, Kandi, wasn't due for another month, but as we know, babies don't always come right on schedule. In the middle of the tournament his agent got a call -- she was in labor. Without hesitation, Hunter withdrew from the tournament, which carries a $1million prize for the winner, and headed straight to the hospital in Dallas where his wife was preparing to give birth.
In a statement Mahan said:
I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child. Kandi and I are thrilled about the addition to the Mahan family and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years.
Fortunately, he made it in time. Today he tweeted news of his daughter's arrival:
What a whirlwind of a day, but I'm happy to announce the birth of my daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan born at 3:26 am. Thanks for all the support!
He went on to say that mom and baby are "doing great" and thanked his sponsors who "appreciate what's important in life." What a great dad!
If I was in his wife's position ... I don't know. That's a lot of money he was awfully close to winning -- $1,008,000, to be exact. I might have been tempted tell him to stay and play. Maybe she could have Skyped him in for the birth? In all seriousness though, I have great admiration for them for choosing to put their baby first. There will be plenty of other golf tournaments, but this was truly a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. He's definitely a winner in our books.
Would you want your husband to give up $1 million to attend your baby's birth?
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