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Tiger Woods to skip Buick Open

Twice champion and new father Tiger Woods will skip next week's Buick Open in Grand Blanc, Michigan and stay at home with his new family.

Woods's Swedish wife Elin gave birth to their first child on Monday, less than 24 hours after the world number one tied for second place in the U.S. Open at Oakmont.

"I really want to thank the entire team at Buick for their support and understanding during this very special time in our lives," Woods said on his official website on Friday.

"Everyone knows how much I hate to miss a tournament when I'm the defending champion, especially when it involves one of my key sponsors in Buick.

"But we're still getting settled at home and it's important to be there for my family. I look forward to playing next year."

Woods said his wife and daughter Sam Alexis were healthy and happy.

"I can't describe how wonderful it is to be a father," the 31-year-old American added.

"This is something I dreamed about and I'm enjoying every minute. It's a good thing I don't need much sleep."

Buick Open champion in 2002 and last year, Woods will be a notable absentee from the event at Warwick Hills Golf & Country Club for the first time in six years.

However, the birth of his daughter a couple of weeks earlier than scheduled means the game's leading player is unlikely to miss next month's British Open at Carnoustie.

Woods's next event is expected to be the July 5-8 AT&T National in Bethesda, Maryland, the first tournament he will host on the PGA Tour.

The 12-times major winner will then take a week's break before defending his British Open title from July 19 to 22.


June 25, 2007

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