Begay: Tiger will return to break Snead’s record

It’s hard to imagine at the moment but Notah Begay III says he would never bet against Tiger Woods winning one more tournament to break Sam Snead’s long-standing record of 82 PGA Tour titles.

And Begay should know. The recently-turned 50-year-old, who will be soon making his debut on the Champions Tour, is a long-time friend of Woods dating back to their days together at Stanford University.

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“I think he’s got one more in him, one more stretch of golf at some point,” Begay told Golfweek. “I hope I’m there when it happens.”

“That guy has got a high level of pain tolerance. He’s pushing it. He wants to play again. Don’t bet against him breaking that win record at some point down the road…he’s putting in an hour to two hours [practice] still.”

Woods returned to the PGA Tour this year after a near-fatal car accident in 2021 and managed to make the cut at the Masters and PGA Championship.

Following his withdrawal after the third round of the PGA Championship, the pain was still visibly taking a toll at the Open Championship in July with the three-time champion finishing almost dead last on 9-over.

It’s clear that the soon-to-be 47-year-old’s body will take more time to heal but as he proved at the 2019 Masters, when it comes to Tiger Woods, nothing can be ruled out.