Graeme McDowell posts the first picture of his baby daughter
Besotted new father Graeme McDowell has revealed the first picture of his baby daughter to the world.
The 2010 US Open champion uploaded a family snapshot to Twitter of himself kissing the little girl on the head as she is cradled by her mum.
G-Mac wrote alongside the picture: "Welcome to the world to our beautiful daughter. 7lbs 4oz at 6.04am, August 25th 2014. Name to be confirmed!"
The Portrush golfer has had many exciting times during his successful career, but he said the birth of his baby has topped them all.
The 35-year-old took to Twitter to tell fans about the new addition to his family.
He said: "Thanks so much for all the well wishes. Mum and baby girl are happy and healthy. Happiest moment of my life hands down."
McDowell's American wife Kristin Stape underwent a planned Caesarean on Monday.
The couple got married last September in an intimate ceremony in the Bahamas and this is their first child together.
The former US Open winner will sit out the Deutsche Bank Championship in Boston next weekend to spend time with his family.
Fellow golfers took to social media to congratulate the proud father on his new arrival – including Rory McIlroy.
He wrote: "Congrats Graeme McDowell and Kristin Stape on the birth of your beautiful baby girl!"
Having completed his final round at the BMW Championship on Sunday, a beaming 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."
The arrival of the little girl comes as McDowell announced he was leaving Horizon Sports Management next year in a move that will see him manage his own commercial interests.