Hunter Mahan has made the happy jump from tournament leader to proud father.
He announced the birth of his daughter Sunday, a day after he withdrew from the RBC Canadian Open while leading after his wife went into labor.
"What a whirlwind of a day," he tweeted on Sunday, after Zoe Olivia Mahan was born at 3:26 a.m. in Dallas.
He said in another tweet that his wife and daughter are "doing great." He thanked his sponsors for appreciating "what's important in life" and saluted his fans for "being Awesome!"
Mahan was leading the tournament after 36 holes and was preparing to tee off in the third round when he got the news that his wife had gone into labor about a month before her expected due date. He would have already been out on the course when his wife began having labor pains, but his tee time was delayed 80 minutes by a thunderstorm.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
This might be the coolest photo I saw on Twitter all week.
It was posted by Ken Duke, who's there on the right, along with legendary PGA Professonal Bob Toski there on the left. Toski is Duke's instructor, but that's just the beginning of this story.
Duke, you might remember, won the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands in Cromwell, Conn., in late June to become, at age 44, the oldest first-trime winner ever on the PGA Tour. But, you probably didn't know, Toski won what was then known as the Insurance City Open at Wethersfield Country Club in Wethersfield, Conn., back in 1953.
Which means that teacher and student won the same PGA Tour title exactly 60 years apart. I don't have any proof, but I'd sure bet that's some kind of record.
Toski, by the way, is still going strong at age 86 – in fact, he analyzed Duke's victory for PGA.com's "A Lesson Learned" column last month. He also was inducted into the PGA Golf Professional Hall of Fame in March, and you can read more about him here.
On Wednesday, Phil Mickelson wore shorts and flip-flops to Callaway headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif., where he celebrated his British Open victory with the troops responsible for his clubs and ball. On Friday, he put on a suit and made the rounds in New York City, where he and wife Amy rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange.
The Mickelsons also used the visit to promote their Mickelson ExxonMobil Teachers Academy, which for the ninth year is putting on a week-long program at the Liberty Science Center in Jersey City, N.J., to help get grade-school students exposed to and interested in math and science. The program isa collaboration between the Mickelsons, ExxonMobil, the National Science Teachers Association and Math Solutions.
"Math and science is huge for me and my success," Mickelson said on CNBC's Squawk on the Street. "Winning this championship, I look at the one thing that has really changed my game and it's been the 3-wood that I have been using. I'm a high-spin player and this 3-wood takes off half the spin that I was putting on it, which gets the ball boring through air. Consequently, I hit the two best 3-woods of my life on the 17th hole to win."
The science and technology behind modern club design, he said, is helping him play some of the best golf of his career, even as he approaches his mid-40s.
To help promote the education program, the Mickelsons were joined at the closing-bell ceremony by some of the teachers from across the country that'll lead this year's programs, which are held in Texas and Louisiana in addition to the one in New Jersey. To date, more than 3,600 teachers and 230,000 students nationwide have participated in the academy.
Tom Stites, the chief club designer at Nike Golf since the company entered the club business, is retiring. He will stay with the company as a consultant.
''Officially, Tom has retired,'' Rob Arluna, Nike Golf's global golf club business director, confirmed to Golfweek. ''He is moving into a consultant's role, and we call him the Chief Imagineer.''
Stites made his name as a club designer at Ben Hogan Golf in Fort Worth – under the watchful eye of Hogan himself – and had formed a popular boutique firm, Impact Golf Technologies, when Nike knocked on his door in 2001. Nike Golf's first club launches under Stites came in 2002, and he has overseen the development of every major Nike golf club – including all the ones in Tiger Woods' bag – ever since.
Nike Golf established a research and development facility nicknamed ''the Oven'' in Fort Worth, where Stites has created dozens of clubs, including the recent VR_S Covert line of woods and irons. Stites will continue to work there, but instead of focusing on day-to-day operations going forward, he'll concentrate on conjuring up the clubs that'll make up Nike's long-term future.
Stites' move has been in the works for some months and, late last year, Nike Golf hired Cleveland Golf veteran Nate Radcliffe as director of engineering for golf clubs. Also, Golfweek said, Mario Lafortune, director of the Nike Sport Research Laboratory for the past 15 years, will move to Fort Worth from Nike's headquarters in Oregon.