Tiger Woods has described the birth of his daughter Sam last month as “the greatest day I’ve ever had”.
The gold superstar has now left Sam and wife Elin at home to try to achieve a third successive Open title at Carnoustie this weekend.
And Tiger admits he is feeling in good shape having enjoyed a good night’s sleep for the first time in a month.
Tiger said: “Elin and Sam are doing fantastic. I miss them. They’re at home. Everything has been going great. We’re very excited to have Sam in our life and really looking forward to the future with her.
“You get that glowing feeling and it’s fantastic. The bad is probably getting a little bit less sleep.
“I don’t get a whole lot of sleep to begin with, but it’s even less now. It’s nice to come over here and get some rest.”
And to those who say the distractions of fatherhood have made him more vulnerable he simply said: “Well, they have been saying that a lot. First it was getting engaged and then it was getting married and now having a child. It’s always something.
“I don’t see how it can be negative. It’s been great. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
“The day itself was the greatest day I’ve ever had. Win or lose the Open, in the end seeing Sam being born was the greatest thing ever.”
The fact is Tiger took second place in his last two majors, the Masters and the US Open, when his focus was on his wife’s pregnancy, but won the two before that.
Now he is sure he is back to his best.
“I like the way I’m swinging,” he said. “I like the way my short game is, I like the way my speed is on the greens. I just have to carry that into the tournament.”
Fatherly duties have not stopped Tiger from running, biking, lifting weights and interval training on a daily basis when at home in Orlando.
As for hitting golf balls he said: “I don’t spend that much time hitting range balls. Probably at the most, maybe three or four hours, not that much.”