Paul William Azinger is an American professional golfer. He was born on January 6, 1960 in Holyoke, Massachusetts, United States, and started playing golf when he was just 5 years old. However, he could not break 40 until he was already a high school senior. He currently lives in Brandenton, Florida with his wife, Toni, and their daughters, Josie Lynn and Sarah Jean.
Azinger turned pro in 1981, and in 1987, he finished behind Nick Faldo who went on to win the Open Championship held that year. From 1987 to 1993, Azinger managed to win eleven tournaments on the PGA Tour. His highest achievement during the said span was his winning his first Major Championship title at the 1993 PGA Championship.
Subsequently, Azinger was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. He then wrote a book called “Zinger” which was mainly about his battle with the disease that was diagnosed. Due to this, he was awarded the GWAA Ben Hogan Award in 1995. The said award is given to a person who continually plays golf despite serious illness or physical handicap.
In 2000, he won his very first tournament, seven seasons since his last win. The tournament was the Sony Open held in Hawaii. Recently, he was named as the captain of the U.S. Team playing for the Ryder Cup, and led the team to their first victory against Europe since 1999.Over the course of his colorful career, Azinger has garnered a total of 15 professional wins. Twelve of these wins were won on the PGA Tour, two on the European Tour, and one on some other event. Among these wins, one of which is a Major Championship title (1993 PGA Championship).