Date: July 12, 2012

Birth puts Day out of Open Championship

Queenslander Jason Day has withdrawn from The Open Championship at Royal Lytham and St Annes after the birth of his first child. Day&aposs wife Ellie gave birth to a son, Dash, in Ohio on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Marc Leishman has been cleared by US Immigration to travel and will take his place at Royal Lytham and St Annes. Day told Australian Associated Press: “Obviously I&aposd love to be playing in the British Open but as I&aposve said all along family comes first and I want to be with Ellie and Dash right now to enjoy this wonderful miracle,” Day said. “I will return to golf when the time is right.” The Queenslander had said since February that his place at the Open was in always in doubt with the due date of the couple&aposs first child. Day is not expected to play again during July and may return for the WGC Bridgestone Invitational, not far from his base in Dublin, Ohio from August 2-5.