Tiger Skips Paternity Leave, Eyes Carnoustie

New dad has five weeks to prepare for Scottish Open title defense
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 19, 2007 8:00 PM CDT
Tiger Skips Paternity Leave, Eyes Carnoustie
Tiger Woods's wife Elin, makes a phone call behind the 18th green during the final round of The Players Championship Sunday May 13, 2007 at Sawgrass in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O'Meara)   (Associated Press)

Golf's most famously competitive personality is unlikely to miss the next major title, despite a frustrating defeat at the US Open at Oakmont and the birth of his first child shortly thereafter. Tiger Woods had announced he might possibly miss an event pending the birth of his daughter, Sam, but with five weeks before tee-time in Carnoustie, he is expected to play.

With a victory, Tiger would become the first to win three Scottish Opens since Aussie Peter Thomsen in 1964-66, and come within five of Jack Nicklaus's record of 18 majors—all of which were won after Nicklaus's first child was born. A Scots bookie has already given gamblers 50-1 odds that Sam will eventually join the LPGA tour. (More golf stories.)

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