July 29 2013
Mahan won at Firestone in 2010 for his first career WGC title. (Lyons/Getty Images)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Hunter Mahan withdrew from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational on Monday, a day after his wife gave birth to the couple's first child.
"I have elected to officially withdraw myself from the World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational so that I can take the opportunity to spend this precious first week at home with Zoe," Mahan said in a statement. "I would like to thank the PGA TOUR for supporting my decision not to play this week."
Last week, Mahan was leading by two at the RBC Canadian Open and was preparing to tee off in the third round when he recieved a message that his wife Kandi had gone into labor. He immediately withdrew from the tournament and flew home to Dallas, where his daughter, Zoe Olivia, was born at 3:26 a.m. Sunday.
He later said via Twitter, "Both Baby and Mom are doing great. Thanks to all to my sponsors who appreciate what's important in life and all my fans for being awesome!"
Mahan, whose first WGC title came at Firestone in 2010, will not be replaced in the field. He will return to action at the PGA Championship in two weeks.