Former major champion Paul Azinger began his career as a television analyst for golf with ABC Sports in 2005 and his work also brought him onto golf events airing on ESPN. For ESPN’s four-day coverage of The Open Championship, Azinger joins anchor Mike Tirico in the main announce booth at the 18th hole tower to call and analyze the play.
A 12-time tournament winner on the PGA Tour, the Holyoke, Mass., native’s biggest win as a player came when he beat Greg Norman in a playoff to capture the 1993 PGA Championship at Inverness.
Azinger turned professional in 1981 and was named PGA Player of the Year in 1987 after scoring his first career win in the Phoenix Open and taking two other tournaments that season. He also was runner-up in The Open Championship that year when the event was held at Scotland’s Muirfield.
Azinger played on four Ryder Cup teams in his career and was captain of the winning team in 2008 when the event was held on American soil in Louisville, Ky. He is the author of the book “Cracking the Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make it Work for You,” which tells the story of the first U.S. team to win the prestigious event since 1999.
He also is the author of “Zinger,” a book that details his golf career and his successful battle with cancer following the 1993 season. He received the Ben Hogan Award from the Golf Writers Association of America in 1995, an award given to an individual who has continued to be active in golf despite physical handicap or serious illness.
In 2010, Azinger released an iPhone app called “Golfplan” designed to help golfers improve their game. Away from golf, he enjoys playing poker and participated in the World Series of Poker main events in 2006 and 2008.