Azinger Confirms Hell Join ABC as Analyst

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. -- Paul Azinger confirmed Wednesday that he's going to the broadcast booth for ABC Sports, although the former PGA champion and Ryder Cup star says it won't cut into his playing schedule.
 
'I haven't signed on the dotted line, but unless they change their mind, I'm going to do it,' Azinger said.

The Associated Press reported Tuesday that ABC Sports would hire Azinger and six-time major winner Nick Faldo as their golf analysts, replacing Curtis Strange, who resigned in June.
 
Paul AzingerAzinger said he and Faldo would work about five tournaments together.
 
'That should be compelling enough,' Azinger said.
 
He and Faldo staged one of the most intense matches in the Ryder Cup, battling to the end for a halve even after the United States had already clinched the cup in 1993 at The Belfry.
 
Azinger said the Nissan Open at Riviera is the only tournament he normally plays that he will have to miss to work for ABC. He usually plays the Florida swing in March, which is broadcast by NBC Sports, and rarely plays much in the summer, when ABC broadcasts most of the golf.
 
He thinks it will help his game. Azinger hasn't won since the 2000 Sony Open.
 
'I think it will change my perspective, just keep me more in the game,' Azinger said. 'I don't read about golf in magazines, and I don't watch it on TV. I think maybe just being more connected to the game will probably be helpful.'
 
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