Notah on Tiger: 'He's in a good frame of mind'

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NBC Sports analyst Notah Begay III said that Tiger Woods is “in a good frame of mind” as he continues to rehabilitate from his latest back surgery.

“He’s moving along, progressing,” Begay said Thursday on “Morning Drive”. “He’s in a good frame of mind, and I think that’s the most important thing. It’s just about being patient with injuries. You get older, they’re harder to overcome, and I think he’s doing a great job staying patient.” 

Begay, who is staying at Woods’ house in Jupiter, Fla., this week, said that he spent time in Woods’ home simulator Wednesday night. Earlier in the day, Woods tweeted a 13-second clip of his swing, with the caption, “Progressing nicely.”

Begay said world No. 2 Jason Day, who is not in this week’s Honda Classic field, stopped by and hit shots in the simulator Wednesday night, as well.

Begay, whose own career was slowed by back injuries, added that “a lot of times the time off gives you a chance to just forget all of the bad golf and focus on the good things [in life].” For instance, Begay said that Woods has been spending more time on the weekends with his son, Charlie, to work on Charlie’s golf game. 

John Cook, a longtime friend of Woods’, also spoke to Woods on Wednesday.

“He’s doing fine,” Cook said. “There’s no timetable. He’s going to do what his doctors say. I’ve told him: No one has ever come back too late from an injury. As long as it takes. … He’ll show his game when he’s ready to show it.” 

Woods has not played since the Wyndham Championship in August. He underwent a second microdiscectomy in September, followed by another procedure a month later.