January 9 2013
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
Notah Begay III will replace Dottie Pepper as an on-course reporter for NBC this season, beginning with this week's Sony Open in Hawaii.
Begay, 40, will work duing NBC and Golf Channel tournament broadcasts. He also will be a frequent contributor to Golf Channel’s signature daily news programs, including Golf Central and will serve as an analyst for the network’s Live From news coverage at golf’s major championships and other events.
"I'm absolutely thrilled to join the Golf Channel and NBC golf broadcast teams," Begay said. "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."
Added Golf Channel executive producer Molly Solomon: “Notah has a wealth of knowledge, experience and a tremendous passion for the game of golf, and we are excited for him to be expanding his role within the NBC Sports Group."
Begay his Golf Channel debut as a studio analyst for the network’s Live From the Masters coverage in 2010, and has contributed to the network’s Masters and U.S. Open news coverage the past three years.
“Notah is very well respected within the game both for his golf achievements and his expert analysis he has brought to Golf Channel the past few years,” said lead golf produer Tommy Roy. “We are excited for him to join the team this week in Hawaii.”
Begay is a four-time winner on the PGA TOUR and once shot 59 in a Nike Tour event. He is also the only full-blooded Native American to have played on the PGA TOUR.