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Family before work: PGA golfer gives up lead to witness daughter's birth

By Mark Morgenstein, CNN
July 28, 2013 -- Updated 1721 GMT (0121 HKT)
Hunter Mahan returned to Dallas after his wife went into labor.
Hunter Mahan returned to Dallas after his wife went into labor.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Pro golfer Hunter Mahan and his wife, Kandi, have their first child
  • Mahan withdraws from RBC Canadian Open tournament in which he was leading
  • He walks away from a potential $1 million payday
  • He thanks sponsors "who appreciate what's important in life" and "awesome" fans

(CNN) -- PGA star Hunter Mahan chose family over work this weekend, and though it may have cost him more than $1 million, he sounds ecstatic.

"What a whirlwind of a day," Mahan tweeted Sunday morning, "but I'm happy to announce the birth of my daughter Zoe Olivia Mahan born at 3:26 am. Thanks for all the support!

"Both Baby and Mom are doing great. Thanks to all to my sponsors who appreciate what's important in life and all my fans for being Awesome!" he added in a second tweet.

Mahan was halfway to his sixth career PGA Tour tournament victory, with a two-shot lead after Friday's second round of the RBC Canadian Open at Glen Abbey Golf Club in Oakville, Ontario.

But after receiving a call early Saturday that his wife, Kandi, had gone into labor, he withdrew from the tournament and flew home to Dallas to be present for the birth of the couple's first child rather than continuing to pursue the $1.008 million first prize.

"Kandi and I are thrilled about this addition to the Mahan family, and we look forward to returning to the RBC Canadian Open in the coming years," Mahan said Saturday, according to PGATOUR.Com.

Mahan has made more than $2.3 million already in 2013, with four Top 10 finishes this year, including a tie for fourth place at the U.S. Open and a tie for ninth place at the British Open over the past two months, PGATOUR.com says.

CNN Sports' Jason Durand contributed to this report.

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