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Tour Championship winner Billy Horschel’s wife gives birth to daugther (photo)

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Billy Horschel arguably was playing fast and loose with the responsibilities expected of a doting husband and soon-to-be father last week — with his wife’s consent and blessing — but the gamble paid off quite well, both in his pocketbook, and more importantly, on the home front.

Horschel’s wife, Brittany, gave birth to the couple’s first child on Tuesday, a bouncing baby girl the couple named Skylar.

The Tour Champion tweeted out the news on Tuesday.

Horschel raised some eyebrows last week when he revealed he had no intentions of leaving the Tour Championship in Atlanta should Brittany go into labor — she was expecting within the next two weeks heading into the tourney (her due date was Sept. 27) — arguing that “$10 million is a lot of money,” referencing the winner’s bonus for winning the FedEx Cup at the Tour Championship at East Lake Golf Club in Atlanta.

We have decided that if she goes into labor while I’m playing, I will just keep playing, because $10 million is a lot of money and I’m not going to pass that by,” Horschel said last week. “And I’ll just fly home after the round and fly back a couple hours later, spend some time with them.”

“She understands what this victory and FedEx Cup playoffs and what it all means,” he said over the weekend. “There wasn’t much discussion. I brought up the question. She said: ‘You’re staying.’”

It paid off, as Horschel, with a final-round 2-under-par 68, won the tournament — and the $10 million bonus — outpacing Rory McIlroy and Jim Furyk and winning by two strokes with an 11-under overall score.

Meanwhile, Brittany was back home in Florida, presumably cheering on her hubby.

But Tuesday came and it was time for Skylar to finally meet the world … on a timetable that worked out pretty well for all concerned parties. Not a bad way to make one’s grand entrance. With an incredibly proud and blessed mommy and daddy … and $10 million — Horschel actually made a whopping $11.44 million over the past week ($1.44 million for winning the Tour Championship along with the aforementioned $10 million FedEx Cup bonus) — in the bank for the new family.

Talk about one heckuva week, right?