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Willett would skip Masters for birth of first child

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DORAL, Fla. – If the PGA Tour is in Florida that means the conversation almost always turns to the Masters and for Danny Willett that was certainly the case on Tuesday at Doral.

What’s different for Willett is his plans for the year’s first major are best described as tentative.

Willett and his wife, Nicole, are expecting the couple’s first child in early April, an arrival that could keep him from playing in his second Masters.

“It all depends on how our little man is fairing, if he fancies coming out early, it would be great, but if not, I won't be playing,” Willett said. “Hopefully [if] we have a nice, easy smooth early birth and I can get out there, even if I go and fly out Tuesday, Wednesday. It's one of the golf tournaments you don't really want to miss.”

Willett, who tied for 38th last year at Augusta National, said he wouldn’t risk going to the Masters if his wife hasn’t given birth yet because Georgia is too far from his home in England to make it back in time if Nicole were to go into labor.

“You can't get back in time. There's plenty more Masters,” he said.