Cape City – Former golf skilled turned TV analyst, Paul
Azinger, has responded to the criticism he obtained from the likes of Ian
Poulter and Lee Westwood for his feedback concerning the European Tour.
Whereas commenting on the ultimate spherical of the latest Honda Traditional for
NBC, the place British golfer Tommy Fleetwood was vying for the title,
Azinger highlighted Fleetwood’s lack of success on the PGA Tour as
in comparison with his success in Europe.
“These guys know, you’ll be able to win all you need on the European Tour, the
worldwide recreation and all that, however you must win on the PGA Tour,”
“All of them know that, and I believe Tommy is aware of that. And
it is put a little bit strain on Tommy, however that is the place they wish to be.
They wish to come right here and show they will make it at this degree.”
Fleetwood’s countrymen Poulter and Westwood each took exception to
Azinger’s remarks, and voiced their disapproval on social media.
Poulter was fast to remind Azinger of the latest file between European and PGA Tour gamers within the Ryder Cup.
“I like Paul Azinger so much. And get on with him nice,” Poulter
“However Paul please don’t condescend or disrespect the European
Tour and our gamers like that. We have now slapped your arse in Ryder Cup
for therefore lengthy I do know you captained a win however critically that was
embarrassing right now.”
Westwood was equally unimpressed with Azinger making mild of the
victories he is achieved world wide on the European Tour. The
Englishman has 44 skilled wins, solely two of which have come on the
“One minute Paul walks down the vary wishing you good luck earlier than
you play, the following he is condescending to the tour you play on and
disrespects the tournaments you’ve got gained world wide,” Westwood
“I’ve gained in 19 totally different international locations over four many years. That’s
disrespecting lots of people!”
Responding to the criticism, Azinger didn’t actually again down from
his opinion, and as soon as once more underlined the significance of successful on the
“I wasn’t making an attempt to be malicious. I did not imply to disrespect
anybody,” he mentioned.
“However skilled golfers choke for 2 issues: money
and status. And the PGA Tour has essentially the most of each.”
– TEAMtalk media