Notah Begay has become the unofficial spokesman for Tiger Woods over the past few years of injuries.
Woods withdrew from the 2017 Masters but according to Begay he could return to competition as soon as next month.
Speaking on The Rich Eisen Show Friday, Begay believes Woods may return sooner than expected and said the Masters was not the best place to make his return.
“[The Masters] probably wouldn’t have been the best place for Tiger to start the year out after this most recent setback, and I think we should probably look, maybe something just after the Players Championship.”
When asked by Eisen if Woods might play in the US Open Begay replied:
“Oh, it’s a definite possibility,” Begay said. “That’s probably the event that’s circled on his calendar, but he’s got to at least get one or two starts in before that to see where his body, where his game’s at and if he can hit the shots he wants to hit.”
We remain skeptical after Woods announced four events earlier this year, only to miss the cut in his first start and withdraw in Dubai after one round with back spasms. His agent at the time said the injury was,”short term.”
Weeks later and withdrawing from the Masters tell us a totally different story other than just “spasms”.
Tigers playing status still makes headlines even after years of injuries and extended absence from the PGA Tour.
Most feel it is not a matter of when, but if he ever will return to play. Notah’s statement is sincere I am sure, but forgive us if we say, “we have heard this before.”