After high school, a career in golf seemed highly unlikely for Azinger. He was working at his father's marina in Sarasota, pumping gas, and could barely break 40 on the golf course . . . At Brevard Junior College, he decided he wanted to play more golf and was introduced to John Redman, who helped Azinger bring his average score down from 77 to 72 in a year. Two years later, in the fall of 1981, he earned his Tour card in Q-school, but lost it with earnings of only $10,655 in 1982. Failing Q-school the second time, Azinger started playing the mini-tours, and would not earn his card for good until 1985. His game steadily improved until his breakout year of 1987, when he won three times, finished second to Nick Faldo at the British Open, and ended up second on the money list. . . Azinger's greatest year on the tour was 1993, with wins at Memorial, New England and the PGA Championship. He also played on his third Ryder Cup Team that year. In Nov. of 1993, Azinger's best year took a disturbing turn when he was diagnosed with lymphoma; he would miss much of the 1994 season to the successful treatment of the cancer...Since then, he has fought back and his earnings have improved each year. The comeback finally proved successful when he won the 2000 Sony Open in Hawaii. . . Member 1989, '91, '93 and 2001 Ryder Cup Team . . .Member of 1994 (Co-Captain) and 2000 Presidents Cup Team.
2 - 1990 and '92 BMW International Open
12 - 1987 Phoenix Open, Panasonic-Las Vegas Invitational, Greater Hartford Open, 1988 Hertz Bay Hill Classic, 1989 Greater Hartford Open, 1990 Tournament of Championship, 1991 AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, 1992 Tour Championship, 1993 Memorial Tournament, New England Classic, PGA Championship, 2000 Sony Open In Hawaii.
1990 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average 69.88 (ranked 5th); money $944,731 (ranked 4th) . . . In PGA Tour statistics was 1st in eagles (14), sand saves (67%) and all-around (162), Won Tournament of Champions.
1991 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; in money - 22; top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average 70.17 (ranked 12th); money $685,603 (ranked 9th) . . . winner AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am, underwent surgery on his right shoulder on June 20th, 1991, but was only sidelined for three months.
1992 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 20; top-10 finishes - 10; scoring average 69.85 (ranked T5th); money $929,863 (ranked 7th); winner Tour Championship.
1993 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 12; scoring average 69.75 (ranked 5th); money $1,458,456 (ranked 2nd); winner Memorial Tournament, New England Classic and PGA Championship.
1994 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 4; in money - 2; top-10 finishes - 0; scoring average 71.27; money $13,422 (ranked 242nd); best finish, T19th, Buick Southern Open.
1995 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 71.13 (ranked T82nd); money $182,595 (ranked 100th); best finish, T4th, Hawaiian Open.
1996 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 17; top-10 finishes - 1; scoring average 70.88 (ranked T58th); money $232,041 (ranked 95th); best finish, T8th, Las Vegas Invitational.
1997 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; in money - 12; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.44 (ranked 36th); money $262,045 (ranked 93rd); best finish, T7th, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am.
1998 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; in money - 15; top-10 finishes - 3; scoring average 70.44 (ranked T-33rd); money $568,233 (ranked 50th); best finish, T3rd, AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-am.
1999 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 24; in money - 14; top-10 finishes - 4; scoring average 70.91 (ranked T-60th); money $562,053 (ranked 73rd); best finish, T6th, FedEx St. Jude Classic and Buick Challenge.
2000 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 72 ; in money -18; top-10 finishes - 7 money $1,597,139 (ranked 27th; Winner at the Sony Open in Hawaii;)
Scoring - 69.68 / (5th); driving distance - 277.5 / (50th); driving accuracy -64.9% / (148th); GIR - 65.4% / (109th); putting - 1.733 / (4th); birdie average - 3.90 per rd / (22nd) / total birdies - 281; sand saves - 58.6% / (41st); scrambling - 64.9% / (8th); all-around rank - 383 / (13th)
Finished the year making 18 straight cuts.
2001 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 79 ; in money -19; top-10 finishes - 4; money $1,509,130 (ranked 33rd); best finish T2nd at the Memorial Tournament.
Scoring - 70.14 / (21st); driving distance - 279.5 / (96th); driving accuracy -68.7% / (94th); GIR - 69.2% / (34); putting - 1.768 / (85th); birdie average - 3.81 per rd / (45th) / total birdies - 301; sand saves - 56.7% / (33rd); scrambling - 63.0% / (31st); all-around rank - 469 / (27th).
Was hampered by a ailing back most of the season.
2002 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 20; rounds played - 63 ; in money -13; top-10 finishes - 2; money $769,926 (ranked 90th); best finish 4th at the Accenture Match Play Championship.
Scoring - 71.54 / (134th); driving distance - 276.2 / (134th); driving accuracy -62.0% / (177th); GIR - 61.9% / (185th); putting - 1.759 / (59th); birdie average - 3.52 per rd / (120th) / total birdies - 222; sand saves - 58.0% / (14th); all-around rank - 1020 / (158th).
Suffered from an ailing back and hip much of the year.
2003 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 26; Rounds Played - 73; in money - 10; top -10 Finishes - 0; money $222,643 Rank (169th); Best finish: T-12th at the Buick Open
Scoring - 71.97 / (165th); Driving Distance - 283.4 / (117th); Driving Accuracy - 60.4% / (167th); GIR - 63.8% / (132nd); Putting - 1.788 / (124th); Birdie Average - 3.16 per rd / (175th) / Total Birdies - 231; Sand Saves - 50.0% / (97th); All-Around Rank - 1124 / (177th)
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