Azinger to replace Norman in Fox booth


Updated: Jan. 27 at 10:47 a.m. ET:

A source familiar with the negotiations confirmed to that Paul Azinger will replace Greg Norman as lead analyst for Fox Sports’ golf coverage.

According to the source, Azinger is scheduled to sign the new agreement this week, as early as Thursday.

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Paul Azinger will replace Greg Norman as lead analyst for Fox Sports' golf coverage, according to multiple reports published Tuesday. News of the change was first reported by Golf Digest's Jaime Diaz.

An official announcement of the change is expected to be made later this week.

Azinger, 56, defeated Norman in a playoff at the 1993 PGA Championship to capture his lone major title. He remains the only man since 2000 to captain the U.S. to victory at the Ryder Cup, having done so at Valhalla in 2008, and he recently served as an analyst for ESPN at both the Masters and the Open Championship. 

The report indicates that Azinger will be in the booth alongside Joe Buck for Fox's coverage at the U.S. Open, U.S. Women's Open and U.S. Senior Open this summer.

Norman was introduced in 2014 as the lead analyst for Fox but left earlier this month amid an "amicable separation" after just one cycle through the network's biggest events. Norman released a statement indicating that he "really enjoyed the time he spent with the commentary team," but later told that he was "shocked and surprised" by the network's decision to make a change.