Notah Begay III: Tiger Woods might surprise everyone and play this fall

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Is there a new chapter in the return of Tiger Woods?

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According to Woods’ good friend and former college teammate, Nota Begay III, Big Cat could reach the competitive level sooner or later.

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“I know once he feels he can be competitive – I think he’s got a good idea of ​​what he’s got going on last year – we’ll see him,” Begay told Colt Knost and Drew Stoltz on Tuesday at the SiriusXM PGA Tour. Radio. “We may see him once this fall. He can surprise everyone.”

Begay is “pretty confident” that Woods will play in the PNC Championship in December with his son Charlie for the third year in a row. Last year, Team Woods finished second behind Team Daly.

In addition, the field for the Woods Hero World Challenge tournament was announced on Tuesday. However, there are still three vacant spots in the 20-man field and Woods, 46, could end up taking one of those vacant spots if he is physically able to play and Begay is bullish on Woods.

“I think he will,” Begay said Wednesday ahead of his PGA Tour Champions debut at Constellation Furyk & Friends. “I think he is — we might see the introduction of the trolley rule late, that would be great… it’ll just be another chance for us to see how far he’s come.”

Begay added that he didn’t think anyone would “envy” Woods for using the cart.

The 15-time big winner last played in the Hero World Challenge, an unofficial PGA Tour event that benefits the Woods Foundation, in 2019 when he finished fourth the week before he captained Team USA to win the Presidents’ Cup in Australia. .

In February 2021, Woods suffered serious injuries to his lower body in a car accident. Earlier this year, Woods returned to competition at the Masters and the PGA Championship, making both cuts. However, he withdrew from PGA after day 3 due to discomfort in his surgically reconstructed right leg.

He then played the 150th Open at St Andrews in July but missed. There, he continued to experience pain in his legs caused by a car accident. But over time, Woods is recovering, and this may mean that Woods will soon be on the mend again. However, it all depends on how he feels.

“Tiger is just relentlessly trying to find ways to make his foot a little more stable,” Begay said. “There were really serious problems in St. Andrews. I had the opportunity to talk to him during the round. It’s just constant discomfort. with a literal pain in the leg during the day.”


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