NBC Sports has announced that Paul Azinger will no longer be their lead golf analyst, according to reports from the Associated Press and Golf Digest. Azinger, 63, was reportedly caught off guard when NBC decided not to renew his contract. His last event as an analyst was the Ryder Cup in September, and he will not be available for the upcoming Hero World Challenge.
In a statement, NBC expressed its appreciation for Azinger’s contributions over the past five years. They thanked him for his insights, work ethic, and industry relationships. It’s unclear if NBC Sports’ decision to part ways with Azinger is part of a larger overhaul of its golf coverage, with more changes potentially coming to the Golf Channel brand.
Azinger joined NBC Sports in 2019 after working as the lead golf analyst for ABC and ESPN from 2006 to 2015. Prior to that, he worked for Fox Sports during their USGA championships. As a player and broadcaster, Azinger has been involved in more than 100 major championships and international team events over the last 40 years. NBC has not yet announced who will replace Azinger in the booth.