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Graeme McDowell becomes a dad: Rory McIlroy congratulates fellow golfer on birth of daughter

Golfer Graeme McDowell has become a father for the first time.

The Portrush man's wife Kristin underwent a planned cesarean and 35-year-old McDowell duly tweeted about his new arrival.

He wrote: "Thanks so much for all the well wishes. Mum and baby girl are happy and healthy. Happiest moment of my life hands down. #daddy #love."

Having completed his final round at the BMW Championship on Sunday, McDowell told the Golf Channel: "My caddie has been telling me all year 'You're not going to want to go to Boston', so I've decided to give myself the weekend off and just be with the family. Nice to be able to plan it that way."

By missing Friday's Deutsche Bank, McDowell will not be able to advance his current FedEx Cup standing of 40th, while he also has a Ryder Cup slot to protect on the world points list.

Fellow golfer Rory McIlroy tweeted his congratulations:

Congrats @Graeme_McDowell and @kristinstape on the birth of your beautiful baby girl! #DaddyGMac

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