Marine Brother on Begays Mind

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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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