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Tiger's new cub is a baby girl

india Updated: Jun 19, 2007 12:43 IST

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The world's No 1 golfer Tiger Woods said he was delighted with the birth of his baby girl on Monday and that mother and daughter are doing just fine.

Woods said on his web site tigerwoods.com that he and wife, Elin, have named the new cub and first born Sam Alexis Woods.

The little darling was born one day after Father's Day and a few hours after Woods finished tied for second, just one shot back of winner Angel Cabrera at the 2007 US Open championship.

"Both Elin and Sam are doing well and resting peacefully," Woods wrote. "We want to thank our doctors and the hospital staff for all their dedicated and hard work.

"This is truly a special time in our lives and we look forward to introducing Sam to our family and friends over the next few weeks. We thank everyone for their well wishes and continued respect of our privacy."

Woods did not say what hospital the baby was born in but he and Elin have a home in Orlando, Florida. He would only say the baby was born early on Monday morning.

The due date had been a closely-guarded secret by the celebrity couple. And the bundle of joy comes along a little over a year since the 12-time major championship winner mourned the loss of his father, Earl, who died of cancer.

Earlier this month, Woods spoke to organizers of the 2007 PGA Championship, telling a luncheon gathering in Tulsa, Oklahoma that the upcoming birth had helped heal his heavy heart.

"This year is totally different," Woods said. "From losing a father to certainly becoming a father. My life is in two totally different places -- a polar 180 from one another."

Woods has been keeping his schedule understandably open-ended. It's anybody's guess when Woods will play next as he has already said he planned to take a break and stay close to home after the birth.

"I'm pacing myself already just because of the fact that I have a baby coming up," Woods told the Tulsa group.

"I don't know how much I'm going to play after that or how much I'm going to play before that.

"A lot of that is depending on what happens and the health of Elin and our child."

Woods also said he would forego playing in a major during the period straddling the child's birth. The next major on the schedule, the British Open, is set for July 19.

In search of his 13th major championship on Sunday at the US Open, Woods needed to convert a 30-foot putt on the 18th hole at the Oakmont course near Pittsburgh to force a playoff.

But his putt missed by 18 inches, giving Cabrera the title and saddling Woods with a pair of second-place finishes in the first two of four major championships this year.

Woods has won three of his nine PGA Tour events this season.

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