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Paul Azinger

Bradenton, FL

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Updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2010 06:58 PM
  • Birthplace: Holyoke, MA
  • Residence: Bradenton, FL
  • Age: 50
  • Turned Pro: 1981

PGA TOUR Victories

(12) 1987,Phoenix Open, Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open. 1988,Hertz Bay Hill Classic. 1989,Canon Greater Hartford Open. 1990,MONY Tournament of Champions. 1991,AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. 1992,THE TOUR Championship. 1993,Memorial Tournament, New England Classic, PGA Championship. 2000,Sony Open in Hawaii.

International Victories

(2): 1990 BMW International Open [Eur]. 1992 BMW International Open [Eur].

2010 Champions Tour Money and Position

$37,095 (70)

Champions Tour Best Round

67 at Round 1, Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf.

Champions Tour Highlights

Made his Champions Tour debut at The ACE Group Classic and finished T21 in Naples.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Phoenix Open, Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational, Canon Sammy Davis Jr.-Greater Hartford Open, Hertz Bay Hill Classic, Canon Greater Hartford Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, THE TOUR Championship, Memorial Tournament, New England Classic, PGA Championship, Sony Open in Hawaii.

Career Highlights

2008: Made just nine starts in a season dominated by his captaincy of the United States Ryder Cup team. Led U.S. team to victory at Valhalla...Made just two cuts, with a T32 at the Sony Open in Hawaii his best outing...Finished T63 at the PGA Championship...Will play out of the Major Medical Extension category due to a back injury. Had five tournaments to make up that status for the remainder of 2009. 2007: Limited to 13 events due to a back injury. Did not play after the Travelers Championship in June. Granted Major Medical Extension and had 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...Best finish was a T13 in first start of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii. 2006: Finished in the top 125 for the first time since the 2002 season, thanks to seven top-25s, including one top-10, a 10th at the Memorial Tournament. Combined partial status on TOUR with work as analyst for ABC golf telecasts, paired with host Mike Tirico and co-analyst Nick Faldo. Used his one-time top 50 on the PGA TOUR career money list exemption for the season...Named U.S. Ryder Cup captain on Nov. 6. 2005: Made 10 of 22 cuts with two top-25s and finished 187th on money list. Best finish was T17 in first start at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Was one stroke off the lead through 54 holes. Finished with a 4-over-par 74 to fall from contention. 2004: Missed cut in final two events to finish No. 126 on the money list, outside the top 125 for the second consecutive season. Managed to post three top-10s, including back-to-back top-10s at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T10) and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (T9). 2003: Fighting an ailing back and hip, slumped to 169th on the money list, making only 10 cuts in 26 starts. 2002: Finished in the top 100 for the eighth consecutive season and 17th time in 20-year career...Finished fourth at the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship, earning $360,000. Lost to eventual runner-up Scott McCarron in the semifinals. Fell to Brad Faxon in consolation match...Member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the fourth time. Provided thrilling moment as he holed out on No. 18 to halve singles match with Niclas Fasth. 2001: Made more than $1.5 million and missed just one cut for the second year in a row. The only missed cut was at the Sony Open in Hawaii, an event he came into as defending champion...Chosen by Curtis Strange as Captain's Choice for U.S. Ryder Cup team...Finished season making 18 consecutive cuts, the second-longest current streak behind Tiger Woods' 78. 2000: Captured his 12th career victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii, his first victory since the 1993 PGA Championship. Marked third year he began TOUR season with a victory, including 1987 Phoenix Open and 1990 MONY Tournament of Champions...Member of victorious U.S. Presidents Cup team. Was a Captain's Pick by U.S. Captain Ken Venturi. 1998: Recorded a career-best fifth at Masters, a T14 at U.S. Open and T13 at PGA. 1994: Played in only four events following chemotherapy and radiation treatments. 1993: Enjoyed finest season of career before being diagnosed with lymphoma in right shoulder blade in December...Kept the longest active winning streak on TOUR, seven years, going with three victories. Captured first major title by defeating Greg Norman on second hole of sudden-death playoff at PGA Championship at Inverness. Earlier won Memorial Tournament in dramatic fashion, holing out from greenside bunker on 72nd hole to defeat Corey Pavin by one stroke and Payne Stewart by two...Won New England Classic after taking lead with third-round 64...Ten top-three finishes were most since Tom Watson in 1980...Finished second on money list to Nick Price. 1992: Held on to his three-stroke advantage heading into the final round to win THE TOUR Championship by the same margin over Lee Janzen at Pinehurst No. 2. 1991: Recorded four-stroke victory over Brian Claar and Corey Pavin at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February...Missed nine tournaments during the middle of the season after having right shoulder surgery on June 20...Won crucial singles match against Jose Maria Olazabal during the Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island. 1990: Opened with victory in the MONY Tournament of Champions. Final-round 69 carried the 54-hole leader to a one-stroke victory over Ian Baker-Finch...Shared the third-round lead with Fred Couples at the Doral-Ryder Open but ended up losing in a four-man playoff to Greg Norman. 1989: Captured his second Canon Greater Hartford Open by shooting a 65 on Sunday to overtake third-round leader Wayne Levi by one stroke...Had 13 top-10s in 25 starts, the most in one season during his career...Captured singles victory over Seve Ballesteros during his first Ryder Cup. 1988: Shot three rounds of 66, one being the final round, to win by five strokes over Tom Kite at the Hertz Bay Hill Classic. 1987: Three-time winner, when he finished second on money list behind Curtis Strange. Finished with rounds of 65-67 to capture the Phoenix Open. Holed a 30-foot putt for eagle-3 on the last hole at the Panasonic-Las Vegas Invitational for second victory. Third-round 63 carried him to his third victory at the Canon Sammy Davis, Jr.-Greater Hartford Open...Runner-up at British Open...Named 1987 PGA and Golf World Player of the Year. 1984: PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament medalist.

Personal

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...His book, "Zinger," is about his fight against cancer...Started playing golf at age 5, but couldn't break 40 until he was a high school senior...Gave a eulogy at longtime friend Payne Stewart's memorial service in 1999...Loves to play foosball.

PGA TOUR Playoff Record

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Other Information

Played out of the Major Medical Extension category in 2009 due to a back injury. Only made cut in eight 2009 starts came in his first start of the season, finishing T69 at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Eligible for the Champions Tour after turning 50 in January 2010. In 2008, made just nine starts in a season dominated by his captaincy of the United States Ryder Cup team. Led U.S. team to victory at Valhalla. Made just two cuts, with a T32 at the Sony Open in Hawaii his best outing. Finished T63 at the PGA Championship. In 2007, limited to 13 events due to a back injury. Did not play after the Travelers Championship in June. Granted Major Medical Extension for the 2008 season. Best finish was a T13 in first start of the season at the Sony Open in Hawaii. In 2006, finished in the top 125 for the first time since the 2002 season, thanks to seven top-25s, including one top-10, a 10th at the Memorial Tournament. Combined partial status on TOUR with work as analyst for ABC golf telecasts, paired with host Mike Tirico and co-analyst Nick Faldo. Used his one-time top 50 on the PGA TOUR career money list exemption for the season. Named U.S. Ryder Cup captain on Nov. 6. In 2005, made 10 of 22 cuts with two top-25s and finished 187th on money list. Best finish was T17 in first start at the Sony Open in Hawaii. In 2004, missed cut in final two events to finish No. 126 on the money list, outside the top 125 for the second consecutive season. Managed to post three top-10s, including back-to-back top-10s at the Sony Open in Hawaii (T10) and the Bob Hope Chrysler Classic (T9). In 2003, fighting an ailing back and hip, slumped to 169th on the money list, making only 10 cuts in 26 starts. In 2002, finished in the top 100 for the eighth consecutive season and 17th time in 20-year career. Finished fourth at the Accenture Match Play Championship, earning $360,000. Lost to eventual runner-up Scott McCarron in the semifinals. Fell to Brad Faxon in consolation match. Member of the U.S. Ryder Cup team for the fourth time. Provided thrilling moment as he holed out on No. 18 to halve singles match with Niclas Fasth. In 2001, made more than $1.5 million and missed just one cut for the second year in a row. Chosen by Curtis Strange as Captain's Choice for U.S. Ryder Cup team. Finished season making 18 consecutive cuts, the second-longest current streak behind Tiger Woods' 78. In 2000, captured his 12th career victory at the Sony Open in Hawaii, his first victory since the 1993 PGA Championship. Marked third year he began TOUR season with a victory, including 1987 Phoenix Open and 1990 MONY Tournament of Champions. Member of victorious U.S. Presidents Cup team. Was a Captain's Pick by U.S. Captain Ken Venturi. In 1998, recorded a career-best fifth at Masters, a T14 at U.S. Open and T13 at PGA. In 1994, played in only four events following chemotherapy and radiation treatments. In 1993, enjoyed finest season of career before being diagnosed with lymphoma in right shoulder blade in December. Kept the longest active winning streak on TOUR, seven years, going with three victories. Captured first major title by defeating Greg Norman on second hole of sudden-death playoff at PGA Championship at Inverness. Earlier won Memorial Tournament in dramatic fashion, holing out from greenside bunker on 72nd hole to defeat Corey Pavin by one stroke and Payne Stewart by two. Won New England Classic after taking lead with third-round 64. Ten top-three finishes were most since Tom Watson in 1980. Finished second on money list to Nick Price. In 1992, held on to his three-stroke advantage heading into the final round to win THE TOUR Championship by the same margin over Lee Janzen at Pinehurst No. 2. In 1991, recorded four-stroke victory over Brian Claar and Corey Pavin at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. Missed nine tournaments during the middle of the season after having right shoulder surgery on June 20. Won crucial singles match against Jose Maria Olazabal during the Ryder Cup at Kiawah Island. In 1990, opened with victory in the MONY Tournament of Champions. Final-round 69 carried the 54-hole leader to a one-stroke victory over Ian Baker-Finch. Shared the third-round lead with Fred Couples at the Doral-Ryder Open but ended up losing in a four-man playoff to Greg Norman. In 1989, captured his second Canon Greater Hartford Open by shooting a 65 on Sunday to overtake third-round leader Wayne Levi by one stroke. Had 13 top-10s in 25 starts, the most in one season during his career. Captured singles victory over Seve Ballesteros during his first Ryder Cup. In 1988, shot three rounds of 66, one being the final round, to win by five strokes over Tom Kite at the Hertz Bay Hill Classic. In 1987, a three-time winner, when he finished second on money list behind Curtis Strange. Finished with rounds of 65-67 to capture the Phoenix Open. Holed a 30-foot putt for eagle-3 on the last hole at the Panasonic-Las Vegas Invitational for second victory. Third-round 63 carried him to his third victory at the Canon Sammy Davis, Jr.-Greater Hartford Open. Runner-up at British Open. Named 1987 PGA and Golf World Player of the Year. In 1984, was the PGA TOUR Qualifying Tournament medalist. 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. His book, "Zinger," chronicled his fight against cancer. Started playing golf at age 5, but couldn't break 40 until he was a high school senior. Gave a eulogy at longtime friend Payne Stewart's memorial service in 1999. Loves to play foosball.

National Teams

Ryder Cup (5), 1989, 1991, 1993, 2002, 2008 (Captain); World Cup, 1989; The Presidents Cup (2), 1994 (Captain's Assistant), 2000.