Hunter and Kandi Mahan appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and ESPN’s “SportsCenter” on Wednesday to recap their whirlwind weekend that culminated in the arrival of their newborn daughter, Zoe.
Hunter Mahan, who was leading by two shots at the RBC Canadian Open, withdrew before the start of the third round because he received a call that his wife had gone into labor.
Kandi Mahan knew there was a possibility that her husband would need to pull out of an event because he was traveling the four weeks prior to the original due date, the week after the PGA.
“It was a discussion we had many times,” Hunter Mahan said. “At the end of the day, and the timing of it, it was a really easy decision. I just had to pack up and get home.”
By the time he received the call on the range prior to Round 3 in Canada, his agent had already begun working on his return flight to Dallas.
“The doctor assured me (Zoe) wouldn’t be there in the next few hours,” Kandi Mahan said. “From when I was admitted to the time Hunter arrived felt like 30 seconds. I got to relax and once he arrived, everything was perfect.”
Zoe Olivia Mahan, born 5 pounds, 11 ounces, arrived at 3:26 a.m. Sunday. Kandi Mahan described the delivery as “awesome,” and Hunter has already decided to skip this week’s WGC-Bridgestone Invitational to spend more time with his family.
“To see her sweet little face is so special,” she said. “We’re on cloud nine. We’re so in love with her.”
Mahan’s abrupt withdrawal from the event in Canada left the door open for other players to sweep in and capture the $1 million first-place prize. That went to Brandt Snedeker, who began the weekend eight shots off the lead. Afterward, he said he would send Zoe a “very nice” baby gift.
“I’m going to keep him to his word,” Mahan said, smiling.
When it was suggested on GMA that Sneds make it a big check for Zoe’s college tuition, Kandi Mahan smiled and said, “We’ll be waiting for that!”