Tiger Woods has announced on his 31st birthday that he and his wife Elin are expecting their first child in 2007. The American world number one said on his website: “Obviously, we couldn’t be happier and our families are thrilled.
“I have always wanted to be a dad. I just wish my father could be around to share the experience.”
Woods, who married his Swedish wife in October 2004, lost his father Earl in May this year when he died after a long battle with cancer.
Woods has decided to skip next week’s season-opening Mercedes Championship in Hawaii to spend more time with his family.
The 12-time major winner will launch his 2007 PGA Tour campaign with his title defence at the Buick Invitational near San Diego on 25 January.