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Paul Azinger

Birthplace:
Holyoke, MA
Born:
January 6, 1960
Nickname:
Zinger
College:
Brevard Community
Florida State
Family:
Wife – Toni Daughters – Sarah Jean Collins & Josie Lynn
Hobbies:
Poker, fishing, foosball


Paul and his family

Paul Azinger has been on the PGA Tour since 1982.  He has twelve wins, including the 1993 PGA Championship.  He has also had the opportunity to play on four US Ryder Cup teams.  In 1993, Paul was on top of his game, but was diagnosed with cancer at the end of the season.  After undergoing treatment, he successfully overcame the disease.  He covers his battle with cancer and his golf career in his book, “Zinger.”

Paul is currently on a book tour for his new book titled, Cracking the Code: The Winning Ryder Cup Strategy: Make it Work for You. The book 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.

Paul has an iPhone app, Golfplan, that will help golfers of all skill levels improve their game and allow them to practice with a purpose. There are over 60 videos featuring quick drills.

As an avid poker player, he was invited to play in the World Series of Poker main events in 2006 and 2008. He also enjoys fishing while at home.

Paul resides in Bradenton, Florida with his wife Toni.


19 Responses to “ Bio ”

  1. Mr. Azinger,
    I walked beside you when you played Jasper at the Grand Bear Golf Course near Gulfport, MS some years ago. During that tournament, you autographed a ball which I have proudly next to one signed by Mr. Payne Stewart. I know we seem to know you and other golfers as we watch intently on the television. In any case, I have always admired you and your golf game. I look forward to reading your book as soon as it is available. Just wanted to say thank you for and wish the best for you and your family.

    May 13, 2010 at 1:51 pm
  2. Hello Paul. I have followed your career ever since I learned that you played golf for Sarasota High School. I played on the golf team there in 1961-62. In 1962 we won the state championship. Best of luck to you in your champions tour career.
    P.S. I know Kayoko Calef through email friendship and we are both big fans.

    May 28, 2010 at 6:43 am
  3. Nice picture of you and the girls!
    I sure miss seeing you guys out here in Hawaii…hope to see you soon, either for your family vacation or the tournament here. The book “Cracking the Code” I ordered should be arriving very soon. I love watching the fishing video clips from you, and hope to go fishing with you someday.

    Take care and Aloha,
    Kay

    June 4, 2010 at 9:50 pm
  4. Hello Zinger; You probably don’t remember me and my brother Steve Ashe we played on J.C.Goosies Spalding Space Coast Tour in the early 80′s. We had the pleasure of playing with you in several tourneys in the Orlando area! My brother Steve and I really enjoyed meeting you and your wife Toni and have always cherished those times back in the day.! I lost my brother Steve to cancer March 16, 2010 after 4 years on chemo and a long hard fought battle; he was very brave, only 57 years old; the week before I lost my father March 9, 2010 to Alzheimers he was 79. My father taught my brother and I the game which we loved so very much! I had 2 heart attacks in 1983 while playing the Space Coast Tour and my beloved career ended professionally and since then I have had a total of 10 heart attacks; 34 heart caths; 15 baloons, 3 stents and 5 way by pass surgery. My father, brother and I have followed your great career with admiration and joy and prayed for you when you were stricken with cancer! We always cheered you on to win in every tourney you played and I am very proud to have known you for just that short time back in the day…!!! I thought I would send this email to you and let you know that you had 3 devoted fans that prayed for you and cheered for you.

    God Bless and Great Health
    Capt.Lee W. Ashe Jr.-Retired USMC 1st Force Recon

    July 16, 2010 at 10:04 pm
  5. Hello Paul,
    I am trying to find relatives of Charles and Hannah Schuster of Scottdale Pennsylvania. Their daughter Mary married Charles Azinger and lived in East McKeesport,Pittsburgh, PA. They had a son and his name was Paul. We had a family reunion and your name was brought up. Could we possibly be related? I would greatly appreciate any info you may have. Congratultions on all your accomplishments. Every time we hear your name, we wonder if you are our cousin. Can we add you to our family tree? Cathy Schuster Greenawalt

    July 17, 2010 at 6:35 am
  6. Hey Paul, me and my friend were following you in the practice round of the Canadian open this year on wednesday, you let us look at your irons and hold them which was awesome, You were so friendly to us and wanted to thankyou for taking the time to talk to us, and I have read Payne Stewarts book and he mentions your name time and time again, you truely are a great guy, thanks again and good luck in the Canadian open!

    July 22, 2010 at 12:24 pm
  7. Hi Paul. I’ve really enjoyed your incredible career. Also have and enjoyed your Book: ‘Zinger’, so much so that I’d like to send it to you and have you sign it.
    Would you please consider signing it? I’d also include a return Mailing Label with the Postage for it’s return. Thanks! Best Wishes to you and your Family from Lexington Michigan!

    July 23, 2010 at 2:44 am
  8. Paul,,,,,I’ve always followed your career and thought you were the best. I am hoping for the best for you and your family.I am looking forward to reading your book……and sending you all my love and hope.

    August 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm
  9. Juat realized that we are from the same corner of the world…Granby CT here. Anything I can do to help…..just ask.

    August 1, 2010 at 3:13 pm
  10. Dad, I look terrible in that picture!

    August 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm
  11. Paul….Grace & I are looking forward to seeing
    you at the Villages in September…Hope you and family are doing well..let me know if you need a ride anywhere… Congratulations on your victory at the Ryder Cup. Regards, Peppi (Guess watches, Calanen)

    September 1, 2010 at 7:42 am
  12. Paul… I wonder if you would mind me asking what kind of cancer you had. My wives doctor told us she has the same kind of cancer that you had and I was wondering if it was the same kind. I guess I am asking because we are looking for any and all hope. Your battle and victory over cancer encourages us.

    November 22, 2010 at 1:27 pm
  13. Hello Paul,

    Just saw you on the Morning Drive. I always find you very interesting and I love your unbreakable competitive spirit. Between that, your faith and the love of your family I’m sure that was the recipe for your success in beating your cancer. I love the photo of you with your wife and daughters. Trouble is, I am trying to figure out which one is your wife and which ones are your daughters. They are all so beautiful it’s hard to tell! You must feel very blessed. My husband Jeff met your briefly back in the 90′s at a car dealership in Sarasota. You were kind enough to talk to him and give him your autograph. We lived in Sarasota for 20 years before moving back here to Lynnfield, Massachusetts. Continued success in your life and career and may God continue to richly bless you and your family.

    May 13, 2011 at 5:48 am
  14. I read your book Zinger several years ago at the advice of a friend. I read it for a second time this weekend after recently going through my own battle with Lymphoma. For that reason, I really appreciated your book on an even deeper level. Thanks for sharing.

    July 10, 2011 at 9:01 pm
  15. After serving Zinger his favorite sandwich at Gator Creek Golf Club in Sarasota for 20 years, I feel I know him fairly well. He is a special man, always unassuming, never with any airs or expectations, always treating everyone with respect. He was gracious enough to provide me with practice round tickets for The Masters for 6 years in a row and always made a point of stopping to say hello at some point in his round at Augusta. I feel honored to have known Paul and over my 64 years he’s one of the best I’ve had the pleasure of calling a friend!

    July 17, 2011 at 9:24 am
  16. JJA

    Paul,
    I quit high scholl 6months early to pursue a golf dream. I use to hit 1,000s of range balls at Bent Tree where my parents had a house though I came from Ohio. Prior to college I heard of a guy working with John Redman (you). Your name popped up many times and I followed u onto the mini’s..space coast etc…Long story short, I gave it up and now 50 here in July eager to get my Senior hat on and play again. Ironically, I’ve been working with Jimmy Ballard since 1987. I’m not sure where you are in your game, but if you ever need someone who’s dug it out of the dirt with Jimmy give me a call (614)796-4151. I’m still in Ohio living in Muirfield and hit balls with the Ballard method to this day. When I saw you on his website, I was surprised to say the least. I hope you still plan on playing competitively especially if you get on track with the golf swing. Jeff

    December 25, 2011 at 8:31 pm
  17. JJA

    Check out my Ballard move for the last 24 years. I hope ur still playing and plan to play competitively. Jeff

    December 25, 2011 at 8:37 pm
  18. Hi Paul, Ran into you at the Tampa airport getting coffee at Starbucks. Good luck with the Redfish, they are fun. Try it with a flyrod, that’s a blast. Congradulations on the 30th, been there! If you and your wife are ever in the seacoast NH, stop by, can recommend where to find the striped bass or good seafood, plenty of golf too. Have not read your book but I guess now I’ll have to! TWood

    January 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm
  19. Paul:

    I followed you at the 1988 PGA in Oklahoma City, the first day you played with Arnold Palmer, after he birdied the 18th hole, you put your arm around him and escorted him off the green, a real show of respect all present will never forget. Always a fan, Brad Pierce, Dallas, Texas

    March 12, 2012 at 1:25 pm

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