Azinger joins Fox Sports golf team

As had been widely speculated, Paul Azinger was selected to replace Greg Norman as lead golf analyst for Fox Sports.

The 56-year-old Azinger, who captured 1993 PGA Championship, joins lead announcer Joe Buck and analyst Brad Faxon in the 18th Tower for Fox Sports’ telecasts of United States Golf Association championship events, including the U.S. Open and U.S. Women’s Open.

Azinger formerly was a golf analyst for ABC Sports and ESPN.

“Paul is a respected and trusted voice in the golf community, and he has the credibility of being a major champion with a strong track record of experience in the broadcast booth,” Executive Producer John Entz of Fox Sports said in a statement.

“He has been one of golf’s most candid and thoughtful analysts and we are excited to add him to our team.”

Azinger played on the PGA Tour for 30 years and won 12 times on the circuit, including the 1993 PGA at Inverness Club in Toledo, Ohio. He joined the tour in 1981 and earned PGA Tour Player of the Year honors in 1987, and spent nearly 300 weeks in the top 10 of the World Golf Rankings between 1988 and 1994.

“I am honored to partner with Fox Sports and the USGA to provide analysis for the compelling slate of USGA Championships,” Azinger said. “It will especially be an honor to call our nation’s national championship, the U.S. Open, beginning in June at storied Oakmont Country Club.”

Azinger also represented the United States five times in the five Ryder Cup, four times as a player and serving as captain of the victorious 2008 squad at Valhalla in Louisville, Ky.

In 1993, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in his right shoulder, but came back to win for the final time on tour in 2000 Sony Open.

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