Pro Golfer Hunter Mahan Walks Away from Golf Tournament (and $1 Million) to Be at Baby’s Birth

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Is it just me, or does anyone else want to give pro golfer Hunter Mahan a hug? The new daddy willingly walked away from $1 million on Saturday at the Canadian Open (where he was the leader) because his wife went into labor. Yep — you read that right.

The golf wizard had a two-stroke lead (for those of you who know golf lingo) heading into the final round of the tournament in Oakville, Ontario when he got a message from his wife, Kandi, that she was in labor — a full month before her due date. The choice was, obviously, for Mahan a no-brainer. He immediately left the green and headed for the hospital, walking away from (away as in IN THE OPPOSITE DIRECTION!!!) the $1 million grand prize he would have most likely taken home. In a statement to GolfWeek, Mahan said, ““I received exciting news a short time ago that my wife Kandi has gone into labor with our first child. As a result, I have withdrawn from the RBC Canadian Open to return to Dallas. I would like to extend my very sincere gratitude and appreciation to RBC and the RBC Canadian Open. 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.”

As for the big news of the day, Mahan tweeted:

The Canadian Open winner, Brandt Snedeker, had nothing but wonderful things to say about Hunter’s decision — and his wife’s timing. He told reporters, “Zoe will be getting a very nice baby gift from me. I can’t thank Kandi enough for going into labor early. I don’t know if I’d be sitting here if she hadn’t. But that is a way more important thing than a golf tournament. I missed a golf tournament when my first was born, and it was the best decision I ever made. I’m sure Hunter would say the same thing.” And, to be honest, it looks like the new daddy did. He tweeted:

Congratulations to Hunter, Kandi and baby Zoe! Looks like Daddy’s going to have one hell of a sweet spot for his baby girl!

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