Golf commentator Paul Azinger has been let go by NBC Sports after five years as the lead golf analyst, according to reports from the Associated Press and Golf Digest. The 63-year-old was reportedly caught off guard when NBC chose not to renew his contract.
NBC expressed their gratitude for Azinger’s contributions to their golf coverage in a statement, thanking him for his insights, work ethic, and industry relationships. It is 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 following Johnny Miller’s retirement and had previously worked as the lead golf analyst for ABC and ESPN from 2006 to 2015. He also worked for Fox Sports during their USGA championships before joining NBC. In a statement released on Sunday, Azinger thanked the NBC team for 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 yet announced who will replace him in the booth.