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Mickelson's daughter born early

The most famous baby in U.S. Open history was born Monday night to Phil Mickelson and his wife Amy, almost two weeks ahead of schedule.

Amanda Brynn, weighing in at 7 lbs, 4 oz., and 20½ inches long, was born at 6:11 p.m. PDT, representatives of his management company announced. Both mother and baby are doing fine.

Amy Mickelson went into labour at 12 noon PDT today -- which would have been right in the middle of a playoff at Pinehurst had Payne Stewart not made his 15-foot par putt on the final hole Sunday to beat Mickelson by a shot.

After Mickelson said earlier in the week that he had a plane standing by in case his wife went into labour and that he was ready to leave the Open at any time -- even if it was in the middle of a playoff -- there was much conjecture about what he would do if it really came down to that.

"I'm out of here," he had said when asked about it after the third round. "No decisions."

He added then that his wife had seen the doctor every day, and still believed that the birth was going happen on schedule, on June 30.

Mickelson flew back to his home in Arizona on Sunday night following the tournament.