New father Brett Quigley ready for Masters
Brett Quigley had double cause to celebrate on Wednesday after becoming a father for the first time and salvaging his Masters debut.
Quigley's first appearance at Augusta National had been hanging in the balance after he dashed home to Jupiter, Florida on Tuesday to be with his expectant wife Amy.
However, his wife gave birth to Lillian Sage Augusta Quigley in the early hours of Wednesday morning and Quigley was scheduled to be back in Augusta by mid-evening.
"It's going to be hard to leave tonight but Amy wants me to go," Quigley said in a statement from the PGA Tour.
"That's the only reason I'm going. She and the baby are healthy and she wants me to play."
The 37-year-old American, who had waited a decade to receive his first Masters invitation, knew timings would be tight after he was beeped midway through his practice round on Tuesday.
"By the time we took off yesterday, Amy's contractions were three minutes apart and I thought there was no way I'd make it," he said. "Luckily I made it back in time.
"I'm pretty tired right now and I was hoping to get a nap this afternoon but I'm just too excited to sleep."
Quigley, who played with three-times Masters champion Gary Player in practice on Tuesday, expects to be calmer before he tees off in Thursday's opening round.
"In any major, you're going to be a little more excited than normal but all this may help me to mellow out a little bit," he said.
"It might help to take the edge out of things for me. I think once I get to the course I will be fine.
"Tiger (Woods) is in the group in front of me and playing with Vijay (Singh) will be fantastic."
Quigley is scheduled to start Thursday's first round at 1803 GMT in the company of 2000 champion Singh and Japan's Hideto Tanihara.
April 5, 2007