Paul Azinger will sign on as the lead golf analyst with Fox Sports on Wednesday, The Post has learned, exclusively. The hiring comes less than two weeks after Fox officially parted ways with Greg Norman after one year.
Azinger informally talked about the lead analyst job with Fox’s executive producer, Mark Loomis, in 2014 when the network signed a long-term broadcast agreement with the USGA. But Norman, who has known NewsCorp Chairman and fellow Australian Rupert Murdoch for years, was a lock for the position, at least initially.
Sources close to the situation have told The Post that while Norman got along well with the rest of the on-air team, he failed to connect with the audience and did not contribute to the telecast the way the network thought a lead analyst should.
Loomis originally hired Azinger at ABC where he worked in the booth beside Nick Faldo and Mike Tirico. When Faldo left for CBS and Golf Channel, Azinger and Tirico continued covering the Open Championship for ESPN until last year when the network lost the broadcast rights to Golf Channel. And while speculation ran rampant that he was the logical choice, Azinger told The Post that he did not have an offer from Fox on the day the network parted ways with Norman.
That has now changed.
No one from Fox was available for comment as this writing.