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Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Paul Azinger discusses plenty on Golf Channel show

Paul Azinger with Team USA after winning the 2008 Ryder Cup. Courtesy of McClatchy-Tribune News Service.

Bradenton resident Paul Azinger was on The Golf Channel's Morning Drive show early Tuesday morning.

The television show is formatted like a talk radio program and Azinger was brought in via phone to go over some golf topics.

Here's a snippet into what the former Ryder Cup winning captain had to say:

  • The first question centered around his Golfplan App for the iPhone and iPad. Azinger said the Golfplan App uses short (under a minute) drills as a fixer. He also said there's going to be a new add-on for the Golfplan App, which will offer tips/drills to do indoors when it's snowing or raining.
  • The conversation then shifted toward Tiger Woods. Zinger was asked about the current PGA Tour climate for the 2011 season, which has seen numerous first-time winners as the "Roaring 20s" - players under the age of 30 - takes center stage. He said there's a new breed out there that has no fear and won't be intimidated. And the focus is on Tiger to see how he reacts. Zinger went on about the greatest athletes and what separates them from their peers. The greatest athletes (i.e. Woods, Jack Nicklaus, Michael Jordan, etc.) is that they don't think about anything when performing. The other players are thinking about something. And that's what has happened to Woods lately - he's had a lot going on off the course and that's what he's thinking about. Azinger concluded with a Woods stat, saying he went 13 years before missing a short putt that he had to make - the one against Y.E. Yang in the PGA Championship - and he missed three short ones at Augusta National in this year's Masters.
  • The hosts asked Zinger what player he would buy stock in for the next three years. Despite it being a tough question, the former PGA Championship winner answered with Woods, because the price for a Woods stock would probably be similar to Martin Kaymer or Rickie Fowler right now. And with Woods, he said he thinks he'll be back. It's just a matter of time.
  • Speaking of time, just before it ended on his segment, the hosts asked Azinger whether he's running for politics. While Azinger said he enjoys politics and often tweets about it, he has no immediate plans to run for office. However, he said he wouldn't rule that out for his late 50s or early 60s at the earliest.

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