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Buick Open hopes Tiger will play

DETROIT - The Buick Open is optimistic Tiger Woods will play his first tournament as a father in Michigan.

A day after Woods' wife gave birth to their first child, Buick golf marketing manager Larry Peck said that was good news.

"No. 1, we're happy that the baby and Elin are healthy and that Tiger is spending time with them," Peck said Tuesday. "From a tournament standpoint, the timing reduces the uncertainty of next week."

Peck added: "He has told us all along that he intends to play here. I have nothing but optimism that he'll spend a great week at home with the baby and Elin, then he'll come defend his title."

On May 21, Woods said he intended to play at Warwick Hills in Grand Blanc but the birth of his child was a priority.

Less than 24 hours after Woods finished second at the U.S. Open on Father's Day, he announced on his Web site that Sam Alexis Woods was born.

Woods said he would miss a major if it meant seeing the birth of his child. Now he won't have to, but it's not clear how his upcoming schedule will be affected.

"We're not going to bother him at this point, but I think the timing of the birth makes it even more of a sure thing that he's coming," Peck said. "He officially commits with the PGA Tour on the Friday before tournaments."

The Buick Open is earlier this year than in the past, ending July 1 instead of in early August.

n Daly's eagle nets Telus title: John Daly showed off a soft touch, chipping in for an eagle on the 13th hole Tuesday that helped him win the Telus World Skins event in Thornbury, Ontario, for the second straight year.

Known for his long drives, Daly's eagle won him 10 skins worth $190,000. In all, Daly took 12 skins for $220,000.

Australia's Geoff Ogilvy made a birdie on the final hole to take the final five skins and $125,000.

Stephen Ames won one skin worth $15,000. Colin Montgomerie and Retief Goosen were shut out.

n Cink and Henry win charity classic: Stewart Cink and J.J. Henry reeled off six consecutive birdies on the back nine Tuesday en route to a one-stroke victory over Brad Faxon and Zach Johnson in the CVS Caremark Charity Classic at the Rhode Island Country Club in Barrington.

Cink and Henry finished with a 36-hole total of 20-under 122 in the best-ball tournament.

Faxon and Johnson led by two strokes at the turn when Cink and Henry went on the birdie binge.

Cink, who finished second with David Toms in the 2002 tournament, birdied 11, 13, 15 and 16. His 18-foot putt on the 15th hole gave his team a one-stroke lead it didn't relinquish.

"We really teamed up well," Cink said. "It wasn't like one guy struggled and the other guy was on fire." Cink and Henry also teamed up at last year's Ryder Cup and World Cup.

LPGA Hall of Famer Julie Inkster and Natalie Gulbis, the first all-female team to compete in the tournament, combined for 4-under 67 Tuesday and finished ninth in the 10-team field with a 9-under 133. Inkster and Gulbis recorded par on eight of nine holes on the back nine on Tuesday.

n champion returns home to Argentina: U.S. Open champion Angel Cabrera was welcomed by hundreds of Argentine compatriots during a motorcade from the airport to his home on Tuesday.

With an Argentina flag draped over his shoulders, Cabrera held the trophy aloft through the sunroof of a station wagon during the drive with a police escort at Villa Allende in the central province of Cordoba.

Cheering and clapping bystanders, and others who honked their horns, were greeted by thumbs up from Cabrera and his cries of "Thank you! Thank you!"

The first Argentine winner of a golf major in 40 years stopped briefly in a local plaza to thank a crowd of more than 200 people. There was also a banner noting his nickname which read "Welcome, Duck!" in Spanish over the words "Ganador, Abierto Golf EE.UU."

Translation: "Winner, The U.S. Open."

n Wie opts out of men's event: Unable to break par against the women, Michelle Wie is taking a break from competing against the men.

Wie decided Tuesday to withdraw from the John Deere Classic as she tries to return from wrist injuries that have sent the 17-year-old from Hawaii into a deep slump of high scores and shrinking confidence.

"While my rehabilitation is on schedule, I do not have all of my strength back yet," Wie said in a statement. "I just don't have the length to play there right now."

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