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Paul Azinger

  • Birthplace: Holyoke, Mass.
  • Residence: Bradenton, Fla.
  • Age: 48
  • Turned Pro: 1981
  • College: Florida State
  • Eligibility Code: 1

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Player Notes

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 in his third Ryder Cup that year. In November 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 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 2002 Ryder Cup Team. . .Member of 1994 (Co-Captain) and 2000 Presidents Cup Team.

Career Victories

European Tour
2 - 1990 and '92 BMW International Open

PGA Tour
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

Career Summary

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 - 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); best finish - Win at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

2000 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2001 Notes
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.

2001 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2002 Notes
Was hampered by an 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.

2002 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2003 Notes
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; (ranked 169th); best finish - T12th at the Buick Open.

2003 Stats
scoring average - 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).

2004 Notes
Missed cut in final two events of season to finish No. 126, outside the top 125 for the second consecutive season. The joined ABC Sports as an analyst in 2005 alongside Mike Tirico.

2004 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 23; rounds played - 75; in money - 14; Top-10 finishes - 3; money - $601,438; (ranked 126th); best finish - T6th at the Shell Houston Open.

2004 Stats
scoring average - 71.62 / (148th); driving distance - 285.1 / (119th); driving accuracy - 57.6% / (175th); GIR - 63.0% / (147th); putting - 1.745 / (13th); birdie average - 3.73 per rd / (50th) / total birdies - 280; sand saves - 51.7% / (61st); all-around rank - 781 / (100th).

2005 Notes
Worst year since 1994 when he took most of the year off to recover from cancer.

2005 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 22; rounds played - 66; in money - 181; Top-10 finishes - 0; money - $246,489; (ranked 187th); best finish - T17th at the Sony Open in Hawaii.

2005 Stats
scoring average - 71.81 / (164th); driving distance - 284.6 / (133rd); driving accuracy - 60.8% / (134th); GIR - 60.9% / (189th); putting - 1.751 / (22nd); birdie average - 3.55 per rd / (87th) / total birdies - 234; sand saves - 46.8% / (129th); all-around rank - 1017 / (164th).

2006 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 30; rounds played - 87; in money - 17; Top-10 finishes - 1; money - $702,090; (ranked 121st); best finish - 10th at the Memorial Tournament.

2006 Stats
scoring average - 71.09 / (94th); driving distance - 285.8 / (127th); driving accuracy - 62.6% / (106th); GIR - 62.3% / (174th); putting - 1.769 / (66th); birdie average - 3.29 per rd / (153rd) / total birdies - 286; sand saves - 52.3% / (57th); all-around rank - 858 / (128th).

2007 PGA Tour Summary
Tournaments entered - 13; rounds played - 39; in money - 7; Top-10 Finishes - 0; scoring average - 71.93 (ranked N/A); money - $174,069 (ranked 201st); best finish - T13th at the Sony Open in Hawaii. The 2008 United States Ryder Cup captain was limited to 13 events due to a back injury. Did not play after the Travelers Championship in June. Granted Major Medical Extension and has 14 events in 2008 to earn $611,111 (combined with 2007 earnings of $174,069, would equal 2007's No. 125 earnings of $785,180) and receive Major Medical Extension status for the remainder of the 2008 campaign.

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