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Team USA NB3 champs

Despite the loss of Tiger Woods to a back injury, Team USA won the Notah Begay III Foundation Challenge today at Turning Stone Resort's Atunyote Golf Club.

Rickie Fowler, Begay, Gary Woodland and Bo Van Pelt shot 21 under par in the best-ball event to benefit the Begay Foundation.

“Year after year, this event serves as a unique platform to raise awareness for the disparities in resources and support facing Native American communities,” said the fundraiser’s host, four-time PGA Tour winner and NBC/Golf Channel analyst. “The combination of humbling support, financial contributions and strategic partnerships with world-class golfers, Oneida Indian Nation and loyal fans is so powerful, and truly invaluable, in driving our mission to reverse the obesity and type 2 diabetes epidemic among Native children. I’m incredibly grateful to everyone who helps us with this mission.”

Twelve golfers from six countries competed in front of 4,000 fans. Team International was second with Lee Westwood, Charl Schwartzel, Henrik Stenson and Nicolas Colsaerts.

“Today we played for a reason greater than our love of sport,” said Fowler, after his team’s winning effort. “We put our competitive spirits toward the positive goal of helping Notah and his foundation address the fact that one-in-two Native American children will be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes in their lifetime. Congratulations to my teammates, all of the competitors, and particularly Notah, not just for hosting a fantastic event, but for his relentless work on this issue.”

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