Who's who: Paul Azinger

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Who's who: Paul Azinger

  • Name:

    Paul William Azinger
  • Country:

    USA
  • Born:

    Jan 6, 1960 in Holyoke, Hampden County, Massachusetts.
  • Original/Home Club:

    Holyoke, Massachusetts
  • Occupation:

    Professional golfer; television commentator; golf writer; poker player.
  • Turned Pro:

    1981

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (1): US PGA Championship (1993). Ryder Cup player (1989, '91, '93, '02). Ryder Cup captain (2008). Presidents Cup player (2000). Multiple wins on the PGA Tour (12) and European Tour (2). PGA Tour Player of the Year (1987).

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Known for his courageous and successful battle against cancer in his right shoulder in 1993, 'Zinger' gained many admirers for his successful captaincy of the USA Ryder Cup team in 2008.

Top tournaments won by Paul Azinger

2000
America
261 (-19)
$522,000
Sony

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

261 (-19)

Prize money

$522,000

Title sponsor

Sony

Played as the Sony Open in Hawaii (Jan 13-16). Second-placed Stuart Appleby (Aus) finished 7 shots behind Paul Azinger (USA), who recorded the last of his 12 PGA Tour wins. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].

1993
America
Pleasant Valley, Mass.
268 (-16)
$180,000
x

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Venue

Pleasant Valley, Mass.

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the New England Classic (Jul 22-25). Second-placed Bruce Fleisher (USA) finished 4 shots behind Paul Azinger (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].

1993
Majors
272 (-12)
$300,000
PGA of America

Category

Majors

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

272 (-12)

Prize money

$300,000

Title sponsor

PGA of America

The US PGA Championship (75th) (Aug 12-15). Azinger (USA) beat Greg Norman (Aus) with a par at the second playoff hole (par-4 10th), to record his first and only major championship win. [Inverness Club, Toledo, Ohio].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$252,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as The Memorial Tournament (June 3-6). Second-placed Corey Pavin (USA) finished 1 shot behind Azinger (USA). [Muirfield Village GC, Dublin, nr Columbus, OH].

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

276 (-8)

Prize money

$360,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Tour Championship (Oct 29-Nov 1). Second-placed Corey Pavin (USA) and Lee Janzen (USA) finished 3 shots behind Azinger (USA). [No.2 Course, Pinehurst Resort, NC].

1992
Europe
266 (-22)
£83,330
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

266 (-22)

Prize money

£83,330

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW International Open (Aug 6-9). Paul Azinger (USA) beat Glen Day (USA), Anders Forsbrand (Swe), Mark James (Eng) and Bernhard Langer (Ger) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. "Zinger" recorded his second win in this event in three years, and the second of his two European Tour wins. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].

1991
America
274 (-14)
$198,000
AT&T

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

274 (-14)

Prize money

$198,000

Title sponsor

AT&T

Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jan 31-Feb 3). Second-placed Brian Claar (USA) and Corey Pavin (USA) finished 4 shots behind Azinger (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].

1990
Europe
277 (-11)
£66,660
BMW

Category

Europe

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

277 (-11)

Prize money

£66,660

Title sponsor

BMW

Played as the BMW International Open (Sept 20-23). 30-year-old first-time European Tour winner Paul Azinger (USA) beat defending champion David Feherty (N.Ire) with a birdie at the first playoff hole. [Golfclub München Eichenried, nr Munich, Germany].

1990
America
272 (-16)
$135,000
MONY

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

272 (-16)

Prize money

$135,000

Title sponsor

MONY

Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (Jan 4-7; PGA Tour season opener). Second-placed Ian Baker-Finch (Aus) finished 1 shot behind Azinger (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].

1989
America
267 (-17)
$180,000
Canon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

267 (-17)

Prize money

$180,000

Title sponsor

Canon

Played as the Canon Greater Hartford Open (July 6-9). Second-placed Wayne Levi (USA) finished 1 shot behind Paul Azinger (USA), who recorded his second win in three years in this event, and fifth PGA Tour win overall. [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT. at the time known as TPC of Connecticut].

1988
America
271 (-13)
$135,000
Hertz

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

271 (-13)

Prize money

$135,000

Title sponsor

Hertz

Played as the Hertz Bay Hill Classic (March 17-20). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 5 shots behind Azinger (USA). [Bay Hill Club, Orlando, FL].

1987
America
269 (-15)
$126,000
Canon

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

269 (-15)

Prize money

$126,000

Title sponsor

Canon

Played as the Canon Sammy Davis Jr. Greater Hartford Open (Jun 25-28). Second-placed Wayne Levi (USA) and Dan Forsman (USA) finished 1 shot behind Paul Azinger (USA). [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT. at the time known as TPC of Connecticut].

1987
Awards
x
n/a
PGA of America

Category

Awards

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Venue

Score

x

Prize money

n/a

Title sponsor

PGA of America

Azinger (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

268 (-16)

Prize money

$108,000

Title sponsor

x

Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 22-25). Second-placed and defending champion Hal Sutton (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time PGA Tour winner Azinger (USA). [Stadium course, TPC Scottsdale, Phoenix, AZ].

1987
America
271 (-17)
$225,000
Panasonic

Category

America

Winner (holder)

Azinger, Paul

Score

271 (-17)

Prize money

$225,000

Title sponsor

Panasonic

Played as the Panasonic Las Vegas Invitational (April 29-May 3). Second-placed Hal Sutton (USA) finished 1 shot behind Azinger (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. Reduced to 72 holes from 90 due to bad weather. [Las Vegas CC, Las Vegas, NV. Earlier rounds also at: Desert Inn CC (now Wynn G&CC) and Spanish Trail G&CC].

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