Rory McIlroy is expected to defend his Tour Championship title this week after the four-time Major winner confirmed a new daughter was born at 12.15pm on Monday August 31st.
The McIlroys have named their daughter Poppy Kennedy with Rory tweeting the news:
Poppy Kennedy McIlroy, born August 31st, 12:15pm. She is the absolute love of our lives. Mother and baby are doing great. Massive thank you to all the staff at Jupiter Medical Center and Dr Sasha Melendy for their amazing care ❤️❤️❤️ pic.twitter.com/IwFeGf8rod
— Rory McIlroy (@McIlroyRory) September 3, 2020
McIlroy and wife Erica, despite strong rumours, had managed to keep the news of the pregnancy under wraps until last week when it was announced during TV coverage of the BMW Championship that the couple were expecting a daughter.
McIlroy then confirmed the news at the end of his third round, saying: “I didn’t think it was something that I really particularly needed to share out there. It’s a private matter, but we’re really excited and can’t wait for her to get here.”
News of the birth of their daughter will allow McIlroy to tee-up in Friday’s commencing 2019/20 PGA Tour season-ending Tour Championship in Atlanta.
McIlroy had been promising to withdraw from the event if the baby was born during the tournament. He also had been due to host a press conference on Thursday but that has now been cancelled.
The four-time major winner is the double defending Tour Championship and FedEx Cup champion and is due to tee-up at 6.30pm (Irish time) in the company of American Brendon Todd.