Notah Begay III is participating in a tournament for the first time in nearly 10 years, and the score is not…

Notah Begay III is entering a tournament for the first time in nearly 10 years, and scoring isn’t what matters to him.

His appearance on the Advocates Professional Golf Association Tour in Arizona was a mixture of inspiration and appreciation.

Begay, a four-time PGA Tour winner and now an on-course reporter for NBC Sports, was on the broadcast team for the APGA Tour event on Sunday after the Farmers Insurance Open in Torrey Pines.

“I was impressed with the caliber of the game there. I wanted to know more about the tour, the players and their future goals,” Begay said. to be a part of.”

Back injuries cut short his career. The last event of Begay’s tour was in August 2012 at the Reno-Tahoe Open. He wasn’t sure what to expect on the champions course at TPC Scottsdale, although he acquitted himself well with a 1 of 72 on Monday and was tied for 16th in the field of 51 players.

The final round was Tuesday.

Begay has always been about access, which includes his NB3 Junior Golf Tour, in which kids compete in tournaments across New Mexico and surrounding states, culminating in regional and national championships. Financial assistance is available.

“We didn’t say ‘no’ to a player,” Begay said. “This game has been saying ‘no’ for a long time.”

The APGA Tour began in 2010, created to prepare black and other minority golfers to compete and build careers on the tour or in the golf industry. It has gained momentum in recent years with sponsor exemptions at PGA Tour and Korn Ferry Tour events, and with a schedule that is beginning to include TPC courses for its 36-hole events.

The one in Torrey Pines on Sunday – the PGA Tour event ended on Saturday this year to avoid disputes with the NFL conference championships – was the first to be televised live.

Begay was working and watching.

“I did some research, just to see what records they had and where they came from,” he said Sunday night. “I’m just trying to be more informed.”

In addition, competition could serve him well. He turns 50 in September and will be eligible for the PGA Tour Champions.

PRESIDENTS CUP

The management of the international team of the Presidents Cup now represents all the continents that make up the team against the United States.

International captain Trevor Immelman (South Africa) announced on Tuesday that his four alternate captains will be KJ Choi (South Korea), Geoff Ogilvy (Australia), Mike Weir (Canada) and Camilo Villegas (Colombia).

The games will take place September 22-25 at the Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Choi, Ogilvy and Weir are assistants for the third time. The newcomer is Villegas, whose only appearance in the Presidents Cup was in 2009 at Harding Park.

“Although it has been over 10 years since I took part in the event, I still have fond memories which are unforgettable, so joining the other team as assistant captain will be a highlight of my career,” Villegas said.

USA captain Davis Love III said last week that Zach Johnson – the next Ryder Cup captain – and Fred Couples would be his assistants. He hasn’t announced the other two, though Love said Tiger Woods could have any role he wanted. Woods was captain in the last Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne in 2019 and chose not to return.

The international team has only one win, in 1998 at Royal Melbourne, since matches began in 1994. The 2003 event ended in a tie.

HILLS MISSION REPLACEMENT

Mission Hills lost the LPGA Tour’s first major tournament to Houston in a new sponsorship deal. In its place, there will be a PGA Tour Champions event next year, the first tournament in the California desert for the senior tour since 1993.

The PGA Tour champions have announced a partnership with healthcare company Grail to sponsor The Galleri Classic, named after Grail’s multi-cancer early detection test. The tournament will take place March 24-26 at the Dinah Shore Tournament Course in Mission Hills, which has hosted the LPGA Tour for 51 years.

This PGA Tour Champions was the last in the Coachella Valley in 1993, when Raymond Floyd won the last edition of the Gulfstream Aerospace Invitational in Indian Wells. The PGA Tour has been in the Palm Springs area since 1960 in what started out as the Bob Hope Classic and is now the American Express.

WHAT MOOD

John Daly and his son now have a sponsorship deal with Hooters.

Daly had a long relationship with Hooters. John Daly II, a freshman at Arkansas, has signed on as the Name, Image and Likeness Ambassador. This is the first NIL for Hooters. The company said Daly and his son, who won the PNC Championship in December, will promote the brand through various marketing activities, such as social media and other digital channels.

“Hooters is the perfect place for me to go and unwind after a long day on the course or in class,” Daly II said in a statement. “I’ve seen my father’s great relationship with Hooters over the years, and I’m proud to continue my family’s association with this iconic brand.”

The restaurant, which dates back to 1983 in Florida, is famous for hiring young women as waitresses in skimpy uniforms. The specialty of the menu is chicken wings.

START OF THE LPGA

Just over a year after Anna Davis won her first AJGA title, the 16-year-old from San Diego County is set to make her LPGA Tour debut.

Davis shot to national fame when she won the Augusta National Women’s Amateur three weeks ago as the only player to finish under par. She received a sponsor exemption to play in the Palos Verdes Championship next week in Los Angeles.

The exemption came from Bank of America, the presenting sponsor of the Palos Verdes Championship. Bank of America is also one of the presenting partners of the Augusta National Women’s Amateur.

Wake Forest junior Rachel Kuehn also earned a bye, winning the Northrop Grumman Regional Challenge last month at Palos Verdes Golf Club, the host course for next week’s LPGA stoppage.

Davis, the bob-capped left-hander, has had an impressive year. After winning that AJGA title, she recorded a seven-stroke win in the Girls Junior PGA Championship at Valhalla and was named to the Junior Solheim Cup and Junior Ryder Cup teams. She has finished in the top four in all five of her World Amateur Golf Ranking starts this year.

DIVOTS

Jordan Spieth and Under Armor have extended their partnership through 2029, meaning he will be with the Baltimore-based footwear and apparel company for at least the first 17 years of his career. Under Armor is also donating $1 million to the Spieth Family Foundation over the next eight years. … Alexa Pano has turned pro and is making her Epson Tour debut this week in Utah. … Texas teammates Cole Hammer and Pierceson Coody, along with Oklahoma State’s Eugenio Chacarra and Texas A&M’s Sam Bennett are among 10 semifinalists for the Ben Hogan Award for top male college student. Three finalists will be named on May 5. Coody was a finalist last year. … Augusta Women’s National Amateur runner-up Latanna Stone, Amari Avery, Megha Ganne and Emilia Migliaccio have been chosen to round out the U.S. squad for the Curtis Cup at Merion June 10-12. They join Rose Zhang, Rachel Heck, Rachel Kuehn and US amateur champion Jensen Castle.

STATS OF THE WEEK

Jordan Spieth was the seventh player this season to come back from at least three shots behind in the final round to win on the PGA Tour.

LAST WORD

“There will always be exceptions – Tiger still being able to win majors in his 40s, (Tom) Brady being able to win the Super Bowl in his 40s. But I think in general, as a rule, careers will be shorter and guys will play better younger. —Patrick Canlay.

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