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July 12 2012

3:00 PM

New father Day to skip British

Jason Day became a first-time father this week, with wife Ellie giving birth to their son Dash James Day on Tuesday.  That means no trip next week to play in the British Open.

The decision was not surprising for Day, a 24-year-old Australian who has said family is his top priority. His agent said Day's wife, Ellie, gave birth to Dash James Day at 10:15 p.m. Tuesday.

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“Obviously I'd love to be playing in the British Open,” Day told reporters in Australia, “but as I've said all along family comes first and I want to be with Ellie and Dash right now to enjoy this wonderful miracle.

“I will return to golf when the time is right.”

Day is expected to take at least the rest of July off from competitive golf, perhaps returning at the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational in Akron, Ohio, from Aug. 2-5 not far from his home.

Day is No. 21 in the world. A year ago, he was runner-up at the Masters and U.S. Open.

He would not be replaced at the British Open, which starts July 19, until the field is assured to go below 156 players. Day's decision Wednesday leaves 155 players, with two spots available this weekend.

Webb Simpson, whose wife is expecting their second child and is not likely to play, has not officially withdrawn.

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