By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
LA QUINTA, Calif. -- William McGirt has a very understanding wife.
Five days after delivering their first child, a son named Miles Cameron but destined to be called Mac, Sarah shooed her husband out of their house in Boiling Springs, S.C., so he could fly across the country to practice and play some golf.
McGirt says leaving his wife and their son, who clocked in a 19 3/4 inches and 8 pounds, 7 1/2 ounces when he was born on Jan. 2, was the "hardest thing I've ever done -- and the bad thing is everybody tells me it only gets harder." But such is the life of a PGA TOUR pro, and there was work to be done.
McGirt is playing extremely well at the Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation, too. He opened with a 68 on the Palmer Course and shot 66 at La Quinta on Friday to move into the top 10 on the leaderboard.
Evenings have been reserved for long-distance chats via Facetime. That way McGirt gets to at least watch Mac, who he says is "real active with his hands -- it's just hilarious." He plans to play three of the next four weeks before heading home, and he's looking forward to the Florida swing when his family starts traveling with him.
McGirt, who says he doesn't "do blood," was surprised he didn't pass out during the delivery, which he calls "the most amazing experience of my life.
"It's hard to believe you can love somebody that much," McGirt said as he thumbed through photos on his smart phone. "At the end it was like, OK, he's been in there for nine months. OK, buddy, come out. I'm ready to meet you. And I'm not ashamed to admit it. I cried like a baby. I cried more than he did."
So during those five days before McGirt left for the West Coast, he made sure there was plenty of daddy time. He says he changed just about every diaper and hated to let Mac out of his arms.
"I kind of ruined him," McGirt said. "I held him so much and he feel asleep in my arms all the time. Now you put him down and he doesn't want to go to sleep. I don't think (Sarah's) real happy with me about that but I knew my time with him was real short and I just wanted to hold him as much as I could."