Graeme McDowell and wife expecting a daughter
G-Mac is expecting his own little Wee-Mac.
Graeme McDowell said Friday that his wife, Kristin, is pregnant with their first child, and they learned this week that it will be a girl.
McDowell revealed that he found out his wife was pregnant on New Year's Day, soon after they had returned to Florida from a holiday visit to this family in Northern Ireland. The couple was married in October.
"We found on Tuesday it's a girl," he said Friday at the Honda Classic. "Obviously, we're real excited."
For a former U.S. Open champion who plays a worldwide schedule, no timing is good timing. McDowell said the baby was due at the end of August. That's right in the middle of the FedExCup playoffs on the PGA Tour, and a month before the Ryder Cup in Scotland.
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McDowell has played on the last three European Ryder Cup teams, won the decisive match for Europe in 2010 at Celtic Manor and is a favorite to be on the team again. As for the playoffs? He has never fared well the last three years, so his wife having a baby can't hurt.
"I think we're planning to have her, if all goes well, the Monday of Boston if she decides to stay in there that long," McDowell. "It's a great problem to have. I really don't care when she comes, as long as she's healthy. The playoffs into the Ryder Cup ... not much you can do there. But if it affects the playoffs, then it affects the playoffs. There will be other playoffs. You only have your first kid once."
McDowell, 34, has 14 wins worldwide, including the 2010 U.S. Open title at Pebble Beach. He is No. 15 in the world.
His wife, an interior decorator from Orlando, has a 5-year-old daughter from a previous marriage so, he says, "I already know all about Disney princesses."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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