Tiger Woods’s longtime friend and Stanford Teammate Notah Begay said today he doesn’t think Tiger Woods should play in the 2014 U.S. Open. While on CBS Sports radio yesterday, Begay, who now serves as an analyst on Golf Channel, told the show that he’s dealt with similar nerve problems and that it’s “like just having a constant toothache for 24 hours a day,” and added that “you can’t sleep. You can’t really get comfortable in any position – seated or lying down. I think he’s just at the point where something needed to be done.”
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.
Begay went on to note that he had spoken with Tiger before doling out a bit of advice to his former colleague, “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.”
The 2014 U.S. Open begins in just 60 days.
Obviously, without a definitive statement from Tiger himself, this is all hearsay. But the fact that Begay has been a close ally of Woods for many years and that he specifically mentioned having spoken with him, leads many to doubt the probability of Tiger making his return before Pinehurst. It also opens the door for Woods to miss The Open Championship, which begins just 94 days from now. One thing, however, is certain. TV executives will be among those pulling the hardest for Woods after plummeting ratings saw the lowest watched Masters since 2004.