Tiger expecting first child this summer

Tiger and Elin Woods will become first-time parents this summer, the world's top-ranked golfer announced Saturday.

The couple did not disclose the month of birth or whether the child is a boy or girl.

"Obviously, we couldn't be happier and our families are thrilled," said Woods, who turned 31 Saturday. "I have always wanted to be a dad. I just wish my father could be around to share the experience."

Woods was introduced to his future wife by fellow tour player Jesper Parnevik. The former Elin Nordegren, who turns 27 on Jan. 1, was a successful model in Sweden. They began dating and became engaged in November 2003 in South Africa, where Tiger was competing in the Presidents Cup. The couple was married on Oct. 5, 2004 during a private ceremony of family and close friends in Barbados.

"I'm going to stick close to home for the next few weeks," Woods said. "As I said on my Web site Friday, I'm going to start my 2007 PGA Tour season at the Buick Invitational in late January, which will allow Elin and I to spend more time with our families during this very special time in our lives."

Mark Soltau is the editor of TigerWoods.com and a contributing editor for Golf Digest magazine.