Via The Right Pundit, a pretty awesome story from ABC News on how golfer Hunter Mahan forfeited a possible $1 Million dollar purse to attend the birth of his first child Zoe Olivia Mahan.
Brandt Snedeker can thank fellow golfer Hunter Mahan’s newborn child for winning the Canadian Open Sunday and becoming $1 million richer.
Snedeker won the tournament a day after Mahan withdrew with a two-stroke lead before the third and final round because his wife went into labor. While at the practice range in Oakville, Ontario, Saturday night, Mahan was notified by his agent that his wife was ready to give birth.
Mahan, 31, left behind the probable victory and a $1 million check to fly home to be with his wife, Kandi, in Dallas. The couple’s first child, Zoe Olivia Mahan, was born at 3:26 a.m. Sunday, according to her proud father who witnessed the birth.
“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!” Mahan tweeted.
ABC News consultant and USA Today sports columnist Christine Brennan says it was a “great moment” for anyone who is cheering for a family man.
“In this day and age in sports where we’re sick and tired of all the steroid athletes and the misbehavior, to hear about a man who does that, is pretty cool,” she said.
Snedeker closed with 2-under 70 for a three-stroke victory.