Begay starts a new line of work this week at the Sony Open as a full-time member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and Golf Channel. He will be a walking course reporter at Waialae Country Club.
An opening was created when Dottie Pepper, who joined the board of the PGA of America, retired from NBC last year to pursue programs geared toward junior golf.
Begay is a Navajo, the only full-blooded American Indian to play on the PGA Tour. He won four times on the Tour until his career was slowed by back injuries.
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Notah Begay Reporting Live for NBC Sports, Golf Channel
Starting tomorrow at the Sony Open at Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii, Notah Begay III will be walking the course with a different agenda.
Rather than swinging a golf club, the Navajo/San Felipe/Isleta four-time Professional Golf Association (PGA) Tour winner will interviewing players and reporting on the ground as a full-time member of the broadcast team for NBC Sports and Golf Channel.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to join the Golf Channel and NBC golf broadcast teams," Begay said in a statement. "The game of golf is as exciting as ever, and I look forward to utilizing my extensive experience to provide viewers with insight into the competition and its players."
Notah Begay now walking the course for NBC
NBC, offering up the only new voice in a major role on national TV golf this year, says former PGA Tour pro Notah Begay hasn't come on board as a course reporter merely to capitalize on his friendship with Tiger Woods--or because Begay is a diversity hire.
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