NBC Sports has announced that Paul Azinger will no longer be their lead golf analyst, effective immediately. According to reports from the Associated Press and Golf Digest, Azinger, 63, was caught off guard when NBC decided not to renew his contract. His last event with NBC was the Ryder Cup in September, and he won’t be part of the upcoming Hero World Challenge.
In a statement, NBC thanked Azinger for his contributions to their golf coverage over the past five years. They praised his insights, work ethic, and industry relationships. However, it’s unclear if NBC Sports’ decision to part ways with Azinger is part of a larger overhaul of its golf coverage or if more changes are coming to the Golf Channel brand.
Azinger had been NBC Sports’ lead analyst since 2019 after Johnny Miller retired. Before that, he worked as the lead golf analyst for ABC and ESPN from 2006 to 2015 and joined Fox Sports in 2016 for their USGA championships. In a statement released on Sunday, Azinger expressed his gratitude towards the NBC team and acknowledged their talent and support.
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 announced who will replace him in the booth yet.