Rookie Diary First Masters Now Fatherhood

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Editor's Note: Masters first-timer Brett Quigley is writing a rookie diary this week for the Associated Press.
 
AUGUSTA, Ga. -- I left my clubs at Augusta National, because I knew it would be the only way I would come back.
 
When I left Augusta around 3:30 p.m., Amy's contractions were less than three minutes apart. I thought there was no way I would make it. Fortunately, I got to Jupiter Medical Center about 5:15 p.m.
 
It looked like it was going to be a pretty easy labor. She already was dilated at 7 or 8. The amazing thing about Amy is that she had no epidural, and she did some good, strong pushing from about 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. But about 9 p.m., our little girl turned sideways and didn't want to come out. She had a C-section about 2:30 in the morning.
 
I was sitting down by her head. I was sitting down because I didn't want to end up on the ground.
 
Everything about it was amazing. The baby started crying and crying and crying. After they cleaned her up, she was still crying. They put her in my arms for the first time and she stopped crying. And then I started crying.
 
We named her Lillian Sage Augusta Quigley. She's doing great. Amy is doing great. It was tough. She got to experience natural childbirth and a C-section.
 
I was at the hospital about 10 o'clock this morning and laid down for 45 minutes. I'm glad I didn't sleep any longer, because I would have been out for four or five hours. I'm leaving on Talon Air about 6 p.m. and should be to Augusta by about 7:15 p.m.
 
I know it's going to hard to leave after a couple of hours, especially after going back to see them. But Amy is pretty adamant that I go back to Augusta and play.
 
I know I'm going to be pretty relaxed. As far as being tired, I don't think I'll have that same energy, or I'll be amped up. The tee time (2:03 p.m. Thursday) is great. I'll have time to relax, and I think I'll have great focus being paired with Vijay and playing in the group behind Tiger. So there will be great energy out there.
 
Not that the tournament doesn't matter, but I'll have a different perspective. Everything will help me focus that much more on the golf course. It really is amazing that it all happened this week.
 
I just got a call to bring some prenatal vitamins to the hospital.
 
The company Dana is with, Teamo Cigars, called and asked about how many cigars I would need at Augusta National. I've got to figure I'll need at least 150, and they're going to send them up there.
 
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