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Notah Begay: Tiger Woods recognizes ‘sun is setting’ on his career

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Tiger Woods, nearing 40 years old, realizes that time is running out on his enormously successful career in professional golf, so says Notah Begay III.

The longtime friend and confidante Woods, going all the way back to their days together at Stanford, was speaking on an NBC Sports conference call to discuss next week’s Presidents Cup, discussed how his pal is doing following back surgery and Woods’ prospects for next year.

“I think he has a clear understanding with where he’s at in regard to his career that the sun is setting,” Begay said, via Golf.com. “He’s very fair about where he’s at with his career and his body, and he’s certainly not going to go down without a fight, without trying to do everything he can to get back to a world-class level.”

Begay indicated Woods will be patient in his recover from a second microdiscectomy surgery, saying the golfer is “giving it a little extra time to heal up before he starts rehabilitation.”

The Golf Channel analyst pointed out that all athletes have difficulty acknowledging the twilight of their careers, but indicated Woods seems to have a good grasp of where he stands at this late stage of the game.

Woods obviously is nowhere near the dominant golfer he was just years ago, as age and injuries have wreaked havoc upon his golf game. His constant tinkering with his swing seems to be doing him no favors, either. After all, it was only a few short years ago that the 14-time major winner was the No. 1 golfer in the world, a position he held for a record 281 consecutive weeks at one point and 683 weeks overall. He is now ranked 299th in the world.

It must be sobering indeed for such a competitive athlete like Woods to realize he’s nearing the end. But it arguably would be foolish to count him out just yet.