Tiger Woods’s wife, Elin, gave birth on Sunday to a boy, Charlie Axel Woods. It is the second child for the couple; their daughter Sam was born in 2007.
The birth, first reported by the San Diego Union-Tribune, was confirmed on tigerwoods.com.
“Both Charlie and Elin are doing great and we want to thank everyone for their sincere best wishes and kind thoughts,” Woods said in a statement on the site.
Woods has not released any photos of the baby yet, but said he and Elin “look forward to introducing Charlie to you at the appropriate time.”
Woods, 33, has found himself in the role of stay-at-home dad since June 2008, when he underwent reconstructive knee surgery after his dramatic U.S. Open win at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, Calif. He’s said he enjoyed spending the extra time with his daughter and that his knee injury has been a “blessing” in many ways.
“While my injury has been disappointing and frustrating, it has allowed me to spend a lot of time watching Sam grow,” Woods said on his Web site. “I can’t begin to tell you how rewarding it is being a dad and spending time with her and Elin.”
Last week Woods said in a newsletter that he was preparing for his return to the PGA Tour, but everything was on hold until the new baby arrived.
“As for my comeback to the PGA Tour, a lot depends on the baby, which is due pretty soon. That takes precedent over anything I do golf-wise,” Woods said. “Elin, Sam and I are very excited for the new baby to arrive, although that’s when the real lack of sleep begins.”
However, the new baby shouldn’t expect to see too much of his dad. Woods’s recovery from surgery has gone according to schedule, and he said he expects to play in this year’s Masters tournament in April, if not sooner. Any Tour players hoping that diaper duty will affect Woods’s play should keep in mind that Sam was born the Monday after the U.S. Open at Oakmont; two months later Woods won the PGA Championship at Southern Hills.