Paul Azinger, winner of the 1993 PGA Championship, who currently toils as the lead golf analyst for FOX Sports, appeared Fox Sports 1’s “The Herd” last Thursday to chat about the U.S. Open.
After discussing Dustin Johnson, among other topics, the conversation between Azinger and Jason Whitlock, who was subbing for host Colin Cowherd, quickly weaved back to the “elephant in the room,” Tiger Woods, and his myriad of off-course issues (starting at 7:30).
Azinger admitted he’s not close with Woods, but through his Tour contacts, the former Ryder Cup captain feels there may be an addiction problem that Woods is battling in addition to his injuries.
“I know firsthand there’s some players that think there’s a problem there with Tiger,” Azinger told Whitlock. “I don’t, I haven’t been around him much the last few years. But there are some players out there that are saying this has been a problem for a while.”
After his recent arrest for DUI, Woods stated that alcohol was not involved, and that his condition was due to “an unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.”
Azinger feels those who are allowed in Tiger’s inner circle are the only people who can help the former world No. 1.
“Tiger’s close to a few people. Not many. And the few people that are around Tiger probably know there’s a problem,” Azinger continued. “And if they don’t intervene, then it’s on them. But addiction’s a big deal, and if he’s addicted, then somebody better intervene.”
Woods has battled severe injuries in recent years, undergoing his fourth back surgery in just the past three years.
Last month, the 14-time major champion posted an update to his website, which stated, “I haven’t felt this good in years.”
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