Fox Sports Lead Golf Analyst

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4 Time Ryder Cup Player

My Story
Professional Wins
Personal
Nickname: Zinger Colleges: Brevard Community College & Florida State University Professional Wins: 17

1993 PGA Champion and 2008 Winning Ryder Cup Captain

Paul Azinger’s professional career began in 1981. He spent almost 300 weeks in the top 10 of the World Rankings between 1988 and 1994. In the seven seasons from 1987 to 1993, he won eleven tournaments on the PGA TOUR. Following his breakthrough major championship victory, the PGA Championship at Inverness, he was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. After battling the disease for months, with intensive chemotherapy and radiation, he was able to return to golf and receive the Ben Hogan Award in 1995. This award is given to the professional golfer who remains active in the sport despite serious illness or physical handicap. Azinger’s comeback was fully realized when in 2000, at the age of forty, when he won the Sony Open in Hawaii.

Azinger’s life has also been marked with tragedy off the golf course. In 1999, his longtime friend and fellow tour member, Payne Stewart, was killed in a plane crash. Also on board were two of his closest friends and managers, Robert Fraley and Van Arden. This loss weighted heavily on Azinger and he gave a heartfelt eulogy at the memorial for Payne Stewart.

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Possibly the greatest, and most rewarding, chapter in Azinger’s professional life began in 2006. In the fall of that year, he lobbied and was eventually given the captaincy of the 2008 US Ryder Cup Team. His selection was based on his new ideas for selection of the team, revamping the schedule, and looking at all aspects of the competition in a new light. The US Ryder Cup Team was victorious at Valhalla. It was one of the most exciting matches in golfing history. 600 million people watched Azinger lead the US to its first victory since 1999 after years of record losses in the event. His innovative strategy and changes are largely credited in providing the team with the best environment to succeed.

From 2006-2015, he served as the Lead Golf Analyst for ESPN. In January of 2016, he was named the Lead Golf Analyst for Fox Sports and the USGA Championships to follow. Paul enjoys many hobbies off the course. He is an accomplished Poker player and has played at the World Series of Poker on many occasions. He is also an excellent foosball player, as well as an avid fisherman, in his spare time. You can also find Paul enjoying his time with his sports cars and motorcycles. Paul, and his wife Toni, reside in Bradenton, FL near their daughters Josie (son-in-law, Sebastian) and Sarah Jean (son-in-law, Tim). They are the proud grandparents of Campbell and Houston.

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My Projects
Cracking The Code

Cracking the Code details the experiences of the 2008 Ryder Cup, and the strategy employed to bring the cup back to American soil for the first time since 1999.

New Book: Title TBD

This new book presents Azinger’s unique approach to instruction and addresses what is most essential to playing great golf.

Cracking The Code
About The Book

In Cracking the Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make it Work for You, Braund and Zinger tell the compelling story of how the U.S. team members (half of them Ryder Cup rookies) overcame their underdog status to bring the cup back to America. In the telling, Braund and Zinger offer team-building techniques that apply to sports, business, and beyond.

The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy:
Make It Work For You
About The Authors

Paul served as captain of the 2008 U.S. Ryder Cup team, leading it to its first win over the Europeans since 1999. He was also a member of four Ryder Cup teams (1989, 1991, 1993, and 2002) and has won 14 worldwide professional championships. Shortly after the 1993 Ryder Cup, Azinger  was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in his right shoulder. His first book, Zinger, tells the story of his fight against cancer. Dr. Ron Braund is a corporate consultant and family business adviser for several multi-billion dollar companies. As a relationship specialist, he has over 30 years’ experience in counseling, family therapy, and ministry. His previous books on relationship topics include Understanding How Others Misunderstand You and The Strong-Willed Child or Dreamer?

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Special Edition DVD Package
• Details the winning Ryder Cup Strategy, that has been kept secret until now
• Make the team-building strategy work within your sports team, business, or organization
• Exclusive photographs from the 2008 Ryder Cup
• Official 2008 Ryder Cup DVD featuring play-by-play highlights and behind the scenes footage with the American Team
• The DVD is a $10 value that we are offering for free with purchase!
• Special Edition DVD Package: $25

Special Bulk Order Pricing
• $17/book for a box of books (25) = $425 (retail value $910)
• A Free Ryder Cup DVD for each book purchased ($10 value)
• Receive one (1) free book for each box of books purchased
• Free Shipping and Handling! (Within the US)
• Box of 25 Books: $425