Paul Azinger has been named Fox Sports’ lead golf analyst, the network announced on Wednesday. The move comes 10 days after Fox Sports parted ways with former world No. 1 Greg Norman.
Azinger, winner of 12 PGA Tour events, including the 1993 PGA Championship in a playoff over Norman, will join Joe Buck and Brad Faxon in the 18th-hole tower for coverage of the USGA’s higher-profile championships.
“I am honored to partner with Fox Sports and the USGA to provide analysis for the compelling slate of USGA championships,” Azinger said in a release. “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.”
According to Fox Sports, Azinger is scheduled to serve as analyst for the U.S. Open, U.S. Women’s Open, U.S. Senior Open and U.S. Amateur this year. He will add the Walker Cup to his duties in 2017.
Azinger, 56, started his broadcasting career in 2005 as an analyst for ABC’s coverage of the PGA Tour and remained at ESPN through 2015. The five-time member of the U.S. Ryder Cup and the last man to captain the U.S. to victory (in 2008) has contributed to coverage of U.S. Opens, Open Championships and the Masters.
There was speculation that Azinger would replace Norman from the moment Norman and Fox Sports announced a separation.
Norman was introduced as Fox Sports’ first lead analyst in 2014 but left 10 days ago in what was deemed an “amicable separation” after only one year on the job. Norman told Golf.com that he was “shocked and surprised” that the network made a change although the website also reported that a source said Norman “just wasn’t engaged in any of the Fox telecasts the way the network had hoped.”