Golf News for Friday, July 15, 2011 | Daily Golf Blogs

Mike Bailey: Sans a PGA Tour golf event, Begay and Turning Stone get Tiger Woods

In case you're wondering if Tiger Woods will tee it up again this year, wonder no more. According to his good friend Notah Begay's website, Woods will be part of the field for the annual Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation Challenge. An elite group will tee it up on Wednesday, Aug. 31 at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club on Oneida Indian Nation lands near Verona, N.Y.

The question is, of course, will that be Woods' first event back? If that's the case, he would miss the PGA Championship at Atlanta Athletic Club, but I'm thinking if Woods feels pretty good, he'll want to tee it up in the year's final major, but who knows?

In any event, Turing Stone, which until this year hosted a PGA Tour event, might be getting its just due. No matter what you think of Woods, he's arguably the most recognized athlete in the world, and any chance to see him, albeit not in a PGA Tour event, will draw huge galleries. Add Rickie Fowler, Hunter Mahan, Begay as well as Annika Sorenstam, Cristie Kerr, Suzann Pettersen and Natalie Gulbis, and it should be pretty entertaining.

By the way, the event, which is designed to raise awareness and funding for the well being of Native American youth on Indian reservations nationwide, was originally scheduled to be played July 5, but moved to "ensure the strongest possible field for the event." It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out what that means, but good for Begay and Turning Stone getting Woods to commit.

The retired Sorenstam is a pretty good draw as well.

"Notah's Foundation does wonderful things for Native American youth, and I'm happy to be a part of that mission," Sorenstam said. "The great work his foundation does aligns closely with my efforts to fight childhood obesity. It's a cause we can all get behind, and one I'm excited to continue supporting by playing in the NB3 Foundation Challenge."

The event has raised more than $2.4 million to support the foundation's mission during its first three years.

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