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Paul William Azinger (born January 6, 1960) is an American professional golfer and TV golf {{nowrapanalyst. He won twelve times on the PGA Tour, including one major championship, the 1993 PGA Championship. He spent almost 300 weeks in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking between 1988 and 1994.69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking

Early years

Azinger was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts; his father Ralph (1930–2013) was a navigator in the U.S. Air Force and later a businessman. He started in golf at age five. After Ralph retired as a Lieutenant colonel (United States)lieutenant colonel in 1972, he opened a marina, and Paul spent his summer pumping gas and painting boats.
The family moved to Sarasota, Florida, where he attended and graduated from Sarasota High School. Azinger attended Brevard Community College in the late 1970s. While there, he found more time to practice his swing, playing on the team as a walk-on, and landed a summer job at the Bay Hill Golf Academy in Orlando, which allowed him more practice time. Practice earned him more opportunity, in the form of a scholarship to Florida State University in Tallahassee, and he turned professional in 1981.
During his early years, Azinger collected meager earnings. He and his wife, Toni, bought a used motor home, a 1983 Vogue, and drove from tournament to tournament. Azinger had a breakout year in 1987, when he won three times on the PGA Tour and had a second place finish in the Open Championship

Professional career

PGA Tour

Azinger won eleven tournaments on the PGA Tour in seven seasons from 1987 to 1993, climaxing in his one major title, the 1993 PGA Championship at Inverness, which he won in a sudden-death playoff against Greg Norman.
Azinger finished one shot behind Nick Faldo at the 1987 Open Championship at Muirfield after making bogey at both the 71st and 72nd holes. Azinger was bidding to become only the fourth golfer since 1945 to win the Open Championship at the first attempt and said that he was "heartbroken" to leave Muirfield without the Claret Jug trophy.
At the 1991 Ryder Cup, Azinger was involved in a controversial episode with Seve Ballesteros, with whom he had a fierce rivalry. Azinger and American teammate Chip Beck were using balls of different compressions off the tee on multiple holes, in violation of an agreement between the Cup captains. Azinger initially denied that the Americans had engaged in this practice, but admitted to it once he realized that there would be no penalty assessed.
In December 1993, Azinger was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his right shoulder. His treatment included six months of chemotherapy and five weeks of radiation in California. He wrote a book called Zinger about his battle with the disease and was the recipient of GWAA Ben Hogan Award in 1995, given to the individual who has continued to be active in golf despite physical handicap or serious illness. In 2000, he won his first tournament in seven seasons at the Sony Open in Hawaii.
Azinger was the U.S. Ryder Cup captain for the 2008 at Valhalla Golf Club in Louisville, Kentucky. He led the team to its first victory over the European squad since 1999. The team's victory was largely credited to his innovative strategy. This strategy is outlined in his book, Cracking the Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make it Work for You, which was released in May 2010. The book was co-authored with Ron Braund, a corporate team builder and psychologist, who consulted Azinger throughout the Ryder Cup.

Champions Tour

Azinger made his Champions Tour debut at The ACE Group Classic in February 2010. He played four events that year and none since.

Television work

From 2005 to 2015, Azinger worked as lead analyst for ESPN and ABC Sports' golf coverage. He initially shared analyst duties with his former Ryder Cup and Open Championship rival Nick Faldo. Azinger and Faldo, along with host Mike Tirico, formed a broadcast team that was met with positive critical acclaim. Faldo left for rival CBS after the 2006 season; since then, Azinger has worked alone with Tirico. However, when Faldo and Azinger were opposing captains at the 2008 Ryder Cup, Azinger's colleague Andy North filled in for him. Faldo and Azinger have also reunited as analysts on two occasions. The first reunion was at the 2007 Open Championship (for ABC) and the second was at the 2009 Presidents Cup (for the Golf Channel).
After ESPN/ABC lost its rights to both the U.S. Open and Open Championship to Fox and NBC, Azinger joined Fox Sports as its head golf analyst in 2016, replacing Greg Norman.
In October 2018, NBC Sports and Golf Channel named Azinger their lead golf analyst, succeeding the retiring Johnny Miller. He will remain with Fox for the U.S. Open and U.S Women's Open.

Other interests

Azinger is an avid poker player and competed in the main event at both the 2006 World Series of Poker and the 2008 World Series of Poker. He is an avid foosball player, and often seeks places to play foosball while traveling.
Azinger threw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Tampa Bay Rays' second ever playoff game on October 3, 2008.Azinger to throw out first pitch at Rays game Friday He recently launched a new application for the iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch called Golfplan.

Personal

Azinger is a Christian. He and his wife Toni met at FSU and have been married since 1982. They have two daughters, Sarah Jean Collins and Josie Azinger Mark, and currently live in Bradenton, Florida.
Azinger gave the eulogy at the memorial service for his friend Payne Stewart, who was killed in a plane crash in 1999. His two managers and close friends, Robert Fraley and Van Ardan, also died in the crash.
Politically conservative, Azinger refused an invitation to the White House for the winning 1993 Ryder Cup team due to what he saw as draft dodging on the part of President Bill Clinton. He was however persuaded to attend and said that the visit "was just wonderful".

Professional wins (16)

PGA Tour wins (12)

{
-
Legend
-
Major championships (1)
-
Tour Championships (1)
-
Other PGA Tour (10)
{
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightJan 25, 1987
Phoenix Open
align=right67-69-65-67=268
align=center−16
1 stroke
Hal Sutton
-
align=center2
align=rightMay 3, 1987
Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational
align=right68-72-67-64=271*
align=center−17
1 stroke
Hal Sutton
-
align=center3
align=rightJun 28, 1987
Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open
align=right69-65-63-72=269
align=center−15
1 stroke
Dan Forsman, Wayne Levi
-
align=center4
align=rightMar 20, 1988
Hertz Bay Hill Classic
align=right66-66-73-66=271
align=center−13
5 strokes
Tom Kite
-
align=center5
align=rightJul 9, 1989
Canon Greater Hartford Open (2)
align=right65-70-67-65=267
align=center−17
1 stroke
Wayne Levi
-
align=center6
align=rightJan 7, 1990
MONY Tournament of Champions
align=right66-68-69-69=272
align=center−16
1 stroke
Ian Baker-Finch
-
align=center7
align=rightFeb 3, 1991
AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
align=right67-67-73-67=274
align=center−14
4 strokes
Brian Claar, Corey Pavin
-
align=center8
align=rightNov 1, 1992
The Tour Championship
align=right70-66-69-71=276
align=center−8
3 strokes
Lee Janzen, Corey Pavin
-
align=center9
align=rightJun 6, 1993
Memorial Tournament
align=right68-69-68-69=274
align=center−14
1 stroke
Corey Pavin
-
align=center10
align=rightJul 25, 1993
New England Classic
align=right67-69-64-68=268
align=center−16
4 strokes
Jay Delsing, Bruce Fleisher
--
align=center11
align=rightAug 15, 1993
PGA Championship
align=right69-66-69-68=272
align=center−12
Playoff
Greg Norman
-
align=center12
align=rightJan 16, 2000
Sony Open in Hawaii
align=right63-65-68-65=261
align=center−19
7 strokes
Stuart Appleby
*Note: The 1987 Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational was shortened to 72 holes due to weather.
PGA Tour playoff record (1–2)
{
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
1989
Bob Hope Chrysler Classic
Steve Jones, Sandy Lyle
Jones won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center2
1990
Doral-Ryder Open
Mark Calcavecchia, Greg Norman,
Tim Simpson
Norman won with eagle on first extra hole
-
align=center3
1993
PGA Championship
Greg Norman
Won with par on second extra hole

European Tour wins (3)

{ class="wikitable"
-
Legend
-
Major championships (1)
-
Other European Tour (2)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightSep 23, 1990
BMW International Open
−11 (63-73-73-68=277)
Playoff
David Feherty
-
align=center2
align=rightAug 9, 1992
BMW International Open (2)
−22 (66-67-66-67=266)
Playoff
Glen Day, Anders Forsbrand,
Mark James, Bernhard Langer
-
align=center3
align=rightAug 15, 1993
PGA Championship
−12 (69-66-69-68=272)
Playoff
Greg Norman
European Tour playoff record (3–0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
1990
BMW International Open
David Feherty
Won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center2
1992
BMW International Open
Glen Day, Anders Forsbrand,
Mark James, Bernhard Langer
Won with birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center3
1993
PGA Championship
Greg Norman
Won with par on second extra hole

Other wins (2)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!Margin of
victory
!Runners-up
-
align=center1
align=rightAug 23, 1988
Fred Meyer Challenge
(with Bob Tway)
−19 (62-63=125)
1 stroke
Andy Bean and Raymond Floyd
-
align=center2
align=rightAug 20, 1991
Fred Meyer Challenge (2)
(with Ben Crenshaw)
−19 (63-62=125)
Playoff
Mark Calcavecchia and Bob Gilder,
Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd
Other playoff record (1–0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponents!!Result
-
align=center1
1991
Fred Meyer Challenge
(with Ben Crenshaw)
Mark Calcavecchia and Bob Gilder,
Fred Couples and Raymond Floyd
Won with birdie on second extra hole
Calcavecchia/Gilder eliminated by par on first hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

{class="wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner-up
-
1993 PGA Championship 1 shot deficit −12 (69-66-69-68=272) Playoff Greg Norman

Results timeline

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1983
!1984
!1985
!1986
!1987
!1988
!1989
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T17
CUT
T14
-
align=leftU.S. Open
CUT
CUT
34
CUT
T6
T9
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T2
T47
T8
-
align=leftPGA Championship
CUT
CUT
CUT
2
CUT
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1990
!1991
!1992
!1993
!1994
!1995
!1996
!1997
!1998
!1999
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
CUT
52
T31
CUT
T17
T18
T28
5
CUT
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T24
CUT
T33
T3
CUT
T67
T28
T14
T12
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T48
T59
T59
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T31
T33
1
CUT
T31
T31
T29
T13
T41
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!2000
!2001
!2002
!2003
!2004
!2005
!2006
!2007
!2008
!2009
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T28
T15
CUT
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T12
T5
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T7
WD
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T24
T22
CUT
CUT
T55
CUT
CUT
T63
CUT
CUT = missed the half way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

{ class=wikitable style=text-align:center
!Tournament !! Wins !! 2nd !! 3rd !! Top-5 !! Top-10 !! Top-25 !! Events !! Cuts made
-
align=leftMasters Tournament 0 0 0 1 1 6 15 10
-
align=leftU.S. Open 0 0 1 2 4 8 18 12
-
align=leftThe Open Championship 0 1 0 1 3 3 12 7
-
align=leftPGA Championship 1 1 0 2 2 5 23 13
-
!Totals !! 1 !! 2 !! 1 !! 6 !! 10 !! 22 !! 68 !! 42
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 9 (1999 U.S. Open – 2001 PGA)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1989 U.S. Open – 1989 Open Championship)

Results in The Players Championship

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1985
!1986
!1987
!1988
!1989
!1990
!1991
!1992
!1993
!1994
!1995
!1996
!1997
!1998
!1999
!2000
!2001
!2002
!2003
!2004
!2005
!2006
!2007
-
align=leftThe Players Championship
CUT
T64
6
T30
T14
CUT
T3
T29
T6
CUT
CUT
T14
CUT
CUT
T17
T7
CUT
CUT
T64
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Results in World Golf Championships

{ class="wikitable"
!Tournament!!1999!!2000!!2001!!2002!!2003
-
align="left"Match Play
R32
R64
4
-
align="left"Championship
NT1
T43
-
align="left"Invitational
T8
T5
T38
T39
1Cancelled due to 9/11
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament

U.S. national team appearances

  • Ryder Cup:
    • Player: 1989 (tie), 1991 (winners), 1993 (winners), 2002
    • Captain: 2008 (winners)
  • World Cup: 1989
  • Presidents Cup: 2000 (winners)
  • UBS Warburg Cup: 2002 (winners)
  • Wendy's 3-Tour Challenge (representing PGA Tour): 1993, 1994 (winners)

See also

  • List of Florida State Seminoles men's golfers
  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
  • List of men's major championships winning golfers

External links


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