Marine Brother on Begays Mind

By Mercer BaggsMarch 25, 2003, 5:00 pm
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. ' Its been nearly three years since Notah Begay entered a winners circle. Three years of battling a back injury that has dropped him from Presidents Cup team member to 164th on the Official World Golf Ranking.
 
But Begay isnt too frustrated. At the moment, its not even a primary concern.
 
Thats because Notahs brother Greg, 20, is serving in the Middle East. Begay hasnt had contact with his brother, who is in the Marines, in three months when he was shipped to Kuwait.
 
In this particular case, no news is good news, Begay said.
 
Begay has been playing better this season. He tied for fifth in his last event, the Honda Classic, and is 79th on the money list. It hasnt been easy, however.
 
Its extremely difficult, very disconcerting as far as staying focused on the golf course, he said. I just try not to take anything for granted, try and keep constant contact with my folks to see if there is any word.
 
Helping the process is Notahs other brother, Clint, who is caddieing for him.
 
Hes really great for support, Notah said. We give each other encouragement and think positive as far as Gregs concerned.
 
Notah said he tries to block out his concern while hes playing, but its not that easy for Clint, who said he thinks about his younger brother constantly while walking the fairways.
 
I think about him all the time. I think about how he is, if hes doing OK, especially now that stuff has been getting pretty heavy over there, said Clint, who added that Greg left him with some comforting words.
 
Before he left, he said, 'Dont worry about me. This is what Im trained to do.
 
Notah and Clint are on hand in this weeks Players Championship. Both hope for a very positive finish ' but not for themselves.
 
If I went out and won the golf tournament, hopefully, he can get word back there and it would bring a smile to his face, Notah said.
 
Begay's Navajo grandfather was recruited to help the U.S. government in World War II. He was one of the 'Windtalkers' portrayed in the 2002 movie. He was a radioman stationed on the front line.
 
Goosen Returns a Dad
 
World No. 6 Retief Goosen is making his first start since the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship. Goosen skipped the last three weeks while his wife gave birth to their first child, Leo, who was born March 8.
 
Its nice to be back out there and getting some sleep at night, Goosen quipped. Its been a great experience and everything is fine with my wife, so things went very smooth.
 
Scott Not Ready for U.S. Full-Time
 
Australian Adam Scott made a name for himself in the States by taking Tiger Woods to extra holes in the semifinals of the Match Play Championship. He said Tuesday that he would like to play more on the PGA Tour, but won't forget about his European Tour roots.
 
Id probably wait a couple of years to play full-time over here, he said when asked of his plans should he get his PGA Tour card. I still have a lot of things I want to accomplish in Europe. I went over there with a lot of goals and Ive achieved some of them, but not all of them.
 
Scott said hed like to play about 20 events on the PGA Tour and 11 on the European circuit. This year, he will play a full schedule overseas and roughly 12 events on this side of the pond.
 
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Cabreras take 1-shot lead in Father/Son

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 11:23 pm

ORLANDO, Fla. - Two-time major champion Angel Cabrera and Angel Cabrera Jr. birdied their last three holes for a 13-under 59 to take a one-shot lead Saturday in the PNC Father-Son Challenge.

Cabrera, a Masters and U.S. Open champion, is making his debut in this popular 36-hole scramble. His son said he practiced hard for 10 days. What helped put him at ease was watching his father make so many putts.

''We combined very well,'' Cabrera said. ''When I hit a bad shot, he hit a good one. That's the key.''

They had a one-shot lead over Mark O'Meara and Shaun O'Meara, who are playing for the first time. That included a birdie on the last hole, which O'Meara attributed to the strength of his son.

''My little man hit it 58 yards by me on the 18th,'' said O'Meara, the Masters and British Open champion in 1998. ''It's a little easier coming in with a 6-iron.''

Defending champions David Duval and Nick Karavites rallied over the back nine at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club for a 61. They are trying to become the first father-son team to repeat as winners since Bernhard and Stefan Langer in 2006. Larry Nelson won two years in a row in 2007 and 2008, but with different sons.

''I'd imagine we have to break 60 tomorrow to have a chance to win, but hey, stranger things have happened,'' Duval said. ''I've even done it myself.''

Duval shot 59 at the Bob Hope Classic to win in 1999 on his way to reaching No. 1 in the world that year.

Duval and his stepson were tied with Bernhard Langer and 17-year-old Jason Langer, who made two eagles on the last five holes. This Langer tandem won in 2014.

Jack Nicklaus, playing with grandson G.T., opened with a 68.

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Woods' 2018 schedule coming into focus ... or is it?

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 16, 2017, 5:46 pm

Two weeks after his successful return to competition at the Hero World Challenge, Tiger Woods’ 2018 schedule may be coming into focus.

Golfweek reported on Saturday that Woods hopes to play the Genesis Open in February according to an unidentified source with “direct knowledge of the situation.”

Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg declined to confirm the 14-time major champion would play the event and told GolfChannel.com that Woods – who underwent fusion surgery to his lower back in April – is still formulating his ’18 schedule.

Woods’ foundation is the host organization for the Genesis Open and the event supports the Tiger Woods Learning Center in Anaheim, Calif.

The Genesis Open would be Woods’ first start on the PGA Tour since he missed the cut last January at the Farmers Insurance Open.

Rose weathering delayed Indonesian Masters

By Associated PressDecember 16, 2017, 3:52 pm

JAKARTA, Indonesia - Justin Rose held a three-stroke lead after eight holes of the third round Saturday when play was suspended for the day due to bad weather at the Indonesian Masters.

Rose was 3-under on the day and led his playing partners Kiradech Aphibarnrat and Scott Vincent. The Englishman led both players by a stroke after the second round was completed Saturday morning due to weather delays on Friday.

Brandt Snedeker withdrew with apparent heat exhaustion on Friday on the 11th hole of the second round. Ranked 51st in the world, he flew to Jakarta looking to move inside the top 50 by the end of the year and ensure a spot in next year's Masters.

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Lexi (wrist) WDs from Diamond Resorts Invitational

By Golf Channel DigitalDecember 15, 2017, 11:27 pm

Lexi Thompson on Friday withdrew from the Diamond Resorts Invitational, citing inflammation in her wrist. Thompson, who teamed with Tony Finau to finish tied for fourth place in last week's QBE Shootout, said she is under strict doctor's order not to hit golf balls until mid-January.

The Diamond Resorts Invitational is scheduled Jan. 12-14 at Tranquilo Golf Club in Orlando, Fla. The field for te 54-hole event includes LPGA and PGA Tour Champions players, as well as celebrities from the worlds or sports and entertainment.