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Woods will play daddy, not Buick Open

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The proud parents: Tiger and Elin Woods.

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) — Tiger Woods will miss next week's Buick Open to be with his wife and newborn daughter.

On Monday, Woods' wife gave birth to the couple's first child.

(Click here to see photos of Tiger and Elin.)

Woods said May 21 he intended to play at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc but the birth of his child was a priority. Woods' wife Elin was scheduled to give birth in July.

The Buick Open is earlier this year than in the past, starting Thursday and ending July 1 instead of in early August.

Woods has played at the tournament about 60 miles north of Detroit the past five years — winning it in 2006 and 2002 — and eight times in his career.

He has had a sponsorship agreement with Buick since 1999 and agreed to a new deal in 2004 believed to be worth more than $40 million over five years. Buick has said the contract does not require Woods to play in specific PGA Tour events it sponsors.

He is scheduled to host a tournament in Washington, D.C., from July 5-8.

The British Open starts July 19, and the PGA Championship begins Aug. 9 at Southern Hills Country Club in Tulsa, Okla.

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