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Podcast: Paul Azinger talks Tiger, Sergio and all things Players Championship

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By Ryan Herrington

It wasn't always pretty, but what took place at TPC Sawgrass this weekend was definitely entertaining, contends Paul Azinger.

In his Players recap this week in his Zinger's Corner podcast with our Editor-in-Chief Jaime Diaz, Azinger salutes Tiger Woods for regrouping after things looked to be slipping away when his tee shot on the 14th hole found the water. Regarding the errant shot, Azinger discusses why Tiger's subsequent drop seemed good to him.

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However, Azinger doesn't give Tiger a pass for his part in the spat with Sergio Garcia. Woods should have taken more responsibility for stirring the crowd, he says.

Instead, things became uglier than need be.

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Zinger's Corner Podcast: Tiger gets a little help from a friend

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By Ryan Herrington

It's rather common, explains Paul Azinger during this week's podcast, for tour pros to offer each other advice, particularly when they are as close as Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker. "It just turned out unfortunately for Stricker that Tiger ended up beating him by a couple of shots," said Azinger when discussing the putting tip that aided Woods at Trump Doral as he walked off with the WGC-Cadillac Championship title.

Azinger and Jaime Diaz discuss what went right for Tiger and how it sets him up for the Masters. Azinger also takes time to reflect on the recent passing of his father.


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Zinger's Corner Podcast: A victory, a defeat and anchors away

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By Ryan Herrington


Matt Kuchar's nice-guy persona remains even as his on-course competitiveness seemingly intensifies. His win at the WGC-Accenture Match Play, as Azinger and Jaime Diaz note in this week's Zinger's Corner, is more impressive given the swing change he made--and quickly absorbed. Ariya Jutanugarn's 72nd-hole stumble at the Honda LPGA Thailand is also discussed, as is the matter of anchoring in the wake of Tim Finchem stating the PGA Tour believes the proposed ban is a mistake. A healthy argument ensues regarding the wisdom of the tour opposing the USGA/R&A, with Paul and Jaime in opposite camps.

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Podcast: Paul Azinger on Riviera's 10th and Obama/Tiger's round

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With the drivable par-4 10th at Riviera CC again proving pivotal in the outcome of the Northern Trust Open, Paul Azinger recalls his approach to playing the risk/reward hole--and some of the trouble it caused him--in the latest edition of Zinger's Corner. Paul and Golf World editor Jaime Diaz also discuss the benefit of having a someone in the Oval Office who plays golf after President Obama's round yesterday with Tiger Woods at The Floridian (Exclusive: Details of Obama's round with Tiger) as well as Bernhard Langer's continued excellence on the Champions Tour and just what keeps him going.


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Podcast: Paul Azinger on Snedeker's win at AT&T

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local-knowledge-zingers-corner-podcast.jpgDuring his win this weekend at Pebble Beach, Brandt Snedeker showed not just prowess on the greens but improved ball-striking skills. In this week's Zinger's Corner, Paul theorizes that Snedeker may be one of a handful of players set to dominate the PGA Tour in 2013.

"I just believe that this may be one of those years where... these guys that know how to win [will] have a stranglehold on the tour," Azinger says. "Five or 10 guys may hog all the wins." Also mentioned: Rocco Mediate's debut win on the Champions Tour and amateur Lydia Ko's youthful march to victory in another pro start.

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Golf World Monday Podcast: Zinger's Corner

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Paul-Azinger-Jaime-Diaz-290.jpgContrarian views are nothing new for Paul Azinger, who in this week's edition of the Zinger's Corner podcast offers counter arguments on two topics in the news: pace of play and performance enhancing drugs. In his chat with Golf World editor-in-chief Jaime Diaz, Azinger isn't sure assessing players penalty strokes for slow play will address the problem--and it actually might create other issues. Meanwhile, Azinger questions what substances on the list of PEDs that the PGA Tour prohibits are proven to lower scores on the course and whether the list needs to be better tailored for golf. "In 1993 I had cancer in my right shoulder," he said, "and I couldn't put my scorecard in my back pocket most of the year. But because of Advil, an anti-inflammatory, I was able to play every day. How is that not a performance enhancing drug? Yet it's still legal." Azinger also tips is cap to Phil Mickelson and his performance at TPC Scottsdale while applauding the Phoenix crowds for making it a tournament worth watching.

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Golf World Monday Podcast: Zinger's Corner

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The PGA Tour's messy start to 2013 didn't dampen Paul Azinger's excitement for the season overall. In Golf World Monday's first Zinger's Corner podcast of the new year, the former PGA champion and Ryder Cup captain discusses the storylines he's anxious to see play out. Notably Azinger wonders about the fall out for players who continue to use long/belly putters, whether Tiger Woods can build off his three-win 2012 season and what kind of encore Rory McIlroy is capable of. "It's hard to follow up a big year because expectations are so high," Azinger says. "You can have this monster year, but the burden of proof never goes away."



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