Notah Begay III

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Notah Begay III
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameNotah Ryan Begay III
Born(1972-09-14) September 14, 1972 (age 41)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeStanford University
Turned professional1995
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
European Tour
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Other2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT37: 2000
U.S. Open22nd: 2000
The Open ChampionshipT20: 2000
PGA Championship8th: 2000
 
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Notah Begay III
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameNotah Ryan Begay III
Born(1972-09-14) September 14, 1972 (age 41)
Albuquerque, New Mexico
Height5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeStanford University
Turned professional1995
Current tour(s)PGA Tour
Former tour(s)Nationwide Tour
European Tour
Professional wins6
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour4
Other2
Best results in Major Championships
Masters TournamentT37: 2000
U.S. Open22nd: 2000
The Open ChampionshipT20: 2000
PGA Championship8th: 2000

Notah Ryan Begay III (born September 14, 1972) is an American professional golfer. He is the only full-blooded Native American[1] golfer on the PGA Tour.[2] He is currently an analyst with the Golf Channel.

Amateur career[edit]

Begay was born and raised in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and graduated from a private high school, the Albuquerque Academy. He attended Stanford University where he was a three-time All-American and a teammate of Tiger Woods. He was a member of Stanford's 1994 NCAA Division I Men's Golf Championship team. After graduation, Begay turned professional in 1995.

Professional career[edit]

Nike Tour[edit]

In 1998, Begay shot a 59 in the second round of the Nike Tour Dominion Open, to join the few golfers to ever shoot a 59 in a professional tournament. He placed 10th on the Nike Tour money list that year, earning a place on the PGA Tour for 1999.

PGA Tour[edit]

Begay had a pair of wins in each of his first two seasons on the Tour. From late September 1999 to early July 2000, a period of just over nine months, Begay recorded four PGA Tour wins, with the third and fourth wins coming in successive weeks. Since then, he was plagued by back trouble which put his future as a professional golfer in doubt. In 2005, he played under a "Major Medical Exemption" with little success. In 2006, he played on the Nationwide Tour. At the end of 2006, he successfully earned a card for the European Tour from their qualifying school. In December 2008, he regained his playing card for the 2009 PGA Tour season at Q-school.

Begay has been featured in the top 20 of the Official World Golf Rankings. He successfully utilized a unique putting method. Using a putter with playing faces on both the front and back of the head, he putted right-to-left-breaking putts right-handed, and left-to-right-breaking putts left-handed. Begay is the first top player to use such a technique and putter.

Personal life[edit]

Begay is a full-blooded Native American; he is one-half Navajo, one-quarter San Felipe and one-quarter Isleta. He graduated from Albuquerque High School in 1990 and earned a bachelor of science degree in Economics in 1995 from Stanford University.[3]

Begay was named one of Golf Magazine’s Innovators of the Year in 2009 and has also been named one of the Top 100 Sports Educators in the world by the Institute for International Sport. He owns a golf course development company, NB3 Consulting, and works with Native American communities to develop world-class golf properties.[4]

In January 2000, Begay was arrested for what, he admitted in court, was actually his second DUI incident. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail, with all but seven days suspended.[5][6]

Notah Begay III Foundation[edit]

In 2005, Begay established the non-profit Notah Begay III Foundation. The immediate goal of the foundation was to provide health and wellness education to Native American youth in the form of soccer and golf programs. The broader purpose of the foundation was to stand as a catalyst for change in the Native American community. On August 26, 2008 the foundation hosted the first Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino, a skins golf match to raise money for the foundation. The five players for the tournament were Begay, Stewart Cink, Vijay Singh, Camilo Villegas and Mike Weir. On August 24, 2009 the foundation hosted its second annual Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino.

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins (6)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (4)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of victoryRunner(s)-up
1Aug 29, 1999Reno-Tahoe Open−14 (70-69-63-72=274)3 strokesUnited States Chris Perry, United States David Toms
2Oct 10, 1999Michelob Championship at Kingsmill−10 (67-70-69-68=274)PlayoffUnited States Tom Byrum
3Jun 25, 2000FedEx St. Jude Classic−13 (66-69-67-69=271)1 strokeUnited States Chris DiMarco, United States Bob May
4Jul 2, 2000Canon Greater Hartford Open−20 (64-65-67-64=260)1 strokeUnited States Mark Calcavecchia

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11999Michelob Championship at KingsmillUnited States Tom ByrumWon with par on second extra hole

Other wins (2)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament199920002001
Masters TournamentDNPT37CUT
U.S. OpenCUT22CUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPT20DNP
PGA ChampionshipDNP8CUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00000021
U.S. Open00000131
The Open Championship00000111
PGA Championship00001121
Totals00001384

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

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