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Golf analyst Begay recovering from heart attack

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In this photo from April 2011, professional golfer Notah Begay III talks to students in Albuquerque, N.M., about his mission to comb...

    Associated Press In this photo from April 2011, professional golfer Notah Begay III talks to students in Albuquerque, N.M., about his mission to combat diabetes among Native American youth.

ORLANDO, Fla. Notah Begay suffered a heart attack last week in Dallas and is expected to make a full recovery, Golf Channel said Tuesday.
Begay, a 41-year-old analyst for Golf Channel and NBC Sports, was taken Thursday to Methodist Hospital in Dallas where a stent was inserted to unblock his right coronary artery. Begay, a Navajo from New Mexico, has a history of heart disease in his family.
Golf Channel said Begay will be off the air indefinitely.
Begay, who won the last of his four PGA Tour titles in 2000, said he was grateful to Dr. Mark Jenkins and the speedy care he received in Dallas.
I anticipate a full recovery and feel lucky to be at home resting with my family, Begay said in a statement. I appreciate the outpouring of well wishes Ive received from family, friends and fans, and I will be back covering golf once Im fully recovered.
Begay is in his second full year as a TV analyst.
Begay was part of the Stanford team that included Tiger Woods when the Cardinal won the NCAA title in 1994. A year later, he and Woods were the first minorities named to the Walker Cup team. Begay won twice on the PGA Tour in 1999 and 2000, but he was hampered by back injuries later in his career.
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