Posted at: 08/27/2013 1:19 PM
By: J.P. Murrieta, KOB Eyewitness Sports 4
The world's top golfer won't be able to help his former college teammate, Notah Begay, this week. Begay announced Tiger Woods withdrew from the field of the NB3 Challenge because of a back injury. Woods will be replaced by Gary Woodland.
Woods injured his back in the final round of The Barclay's this past weekend.
"While we're disappointed Tiger is unable to play in this year's event, the important thing for Tiger is to make sure he's 100 percent healthy and not risk further injuring himself. We appreciate his unwavering support of our mission and look forward to having him with us here at Turning Stone in the future," said Begay in a released statement.
Tiger Woods said, “I have spoken to Notah, and I would also like to express my personal regrets to the Oneida Indian Nation, sponsors and fans that I am unable to play in the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge. Improving health and wellness in Native American children is an important and meaningful cause, and I want to commend Notah for his hard work and diligence. I’m certain it will be a very successful event.”
The event raises money for the NB3 Foundation which helps fight diabetes and obesity among Native American youth. Begay has raised more than $4 million at this event in the past five years.
This year's NB3 Challenge will tee it up at Turning Stone Resort this Wednesday.