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Three Questions With Paul Azinger

Q: Why are you not playing on the Champion’s Tour?

A: There are a few reasons. I’m actually still a little bit hurt. I wrecked on my motorcycle on September 9th. I’ve kept it pretty quiet, but I separated my shoulder, I broke three ribs, broke my foot, [I] have terrible road rash. I was going about 40 [MPH] and a lady was on my right making a left-hand turn and pulled out in front of me.

I’m not prepared. If I’m not the most prepared guy out there then I’m not going. When I get prepared I’ll be there.

Q: Everyone is happy you were the captain of the victorious 2008 Ryder Cup team, did you have more satisfaction winning that as a captain or being on a winning?

A: Well being the captain was better than winning a major title. When you’re asked to lead 12 men representing the United States of America it’s a huge honor and generally if you haven’t won a major or haven’t played [in a] Ryder Cup you’re not going to get asked and of course you have to get lucky too.Really good men have been skipped over and there are only 16 living captains, which is pretty hard to believe.

Q: Who do you think is the number one golfer in the world?

A: I would ask you a question back. If I had to have someone play for my life it would be me because nobody loves me more than me. However, to understand my point, would you let Lee Westwood play for your life? Would you let Luke Donald or Martin Kaymer or any of them? You wouldn’t do it. You would let Tiger [Woods] do it and the reason is because mentally he’s in another place.

Is he playing better than anybody else? No he’s not, but he’s one of the greatest players to ever live and he’s ever so slightly past his prime. The world rankings intent was to market and promote. IMG created the world rankings and the intention was to market and promote the player. It was never intended to exempt players in the field and so whoever is the No. 1 player in the world more power to them.

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