Tiger Woods’ Friend Notah Begay Says Tiger Won’t Play U.S. Open at Pinehurst
If you want to know what’s happening with Tiger Woods, listen to Notah Begay.
Woods and Begay played golf together at Stanford and they remain close friends. So when Begay says Woods won’t be recovered from his March 31 back surgery in time to play the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst in Junes, you can trust his sources.
“I’ve been in contact with him this week. He missed being at Augusta and certainly was watching the tournament, (but) I think he needs to give (his back) a minimum of 90 days to make sure that scar tissue heals up appropriately and he doesn’t run the risk of re-injuring it. So that would push him past the U.S. Open.”
Begay, who won four times on the PGA Tour, now works as an analyst for the Golf Channel. He said Woods, who turns 39 in December and has had more than his share of aches and pains, is aware that he won’t play golf forever.
“Oh, definitely. He’s well aware of that. It’s certainly not a big secret. It’s not something that he’s trying to ignore. He realizes that he’s approaching 40.”
Woods has not spoken publicly since announcing that he had back surgery to repair a pinched nerve and would be unable to compete in this year’s Masters. In a statement on his website, Woods said he hoped to return to the PGA Tour “sometime this summer.”
He did not attend the Masters Champions Dinner on Tuesday of Masters week for the first time since winning the 1997 Masters. Woods’ agent Mark Steinberg said that Woods’ doctors had advised him to be “very still” following his surgery.