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Paul Azinger says “some players” think Tiger Woods has a problem

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Pointless speculation? Clickbait-level take? Giving voice to a widely held but unspoken sentiment? There are several ways to spin Paul Azinger’s suggestion that Tiger Woods may have a problem with painkillers on “The Herd.”

And while Azinger can be a divisive figure and has courted controversy in the past, he’s not, say, Skip Bayless: a polemicist who floats outrageous takes for self-promotional purposes.

Even more significant than Azinger’s suggestion is this remark.

“I know firsthand there are some players that think there’s a problem there with Tiger…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.”

So, to be clear, ‘Zinger said he doesn’t personally have the information to make a judgment about Woods’ pain med use. But the suggestion that some of Woods’ peers who have spent more time around the golfer think there could be an issue is significant.

And obviously, PGA Tour pros are, ultimately, a close-knit fraternity and generally aren’t keen to throw one another under the bus. So the fact that such whispers exist is noteworthy.

Team Tiger officially chalked Woods May 29 arrest behavior up to an “unexpected reaction to prescribed medications.” It doesn’t take an M.D. to know that the explanation is plausible: powerful narcotics, many of which can have significant side effects on their own — it’s not unbelievable that a person could end up in the slurring, stumbling, sedated state Tiger Woods found himself in May 29.

That said, Azinger doesn’t seem to put much stock in the explanation, and indicates those who know Woods better don’t either.

“Tiger’s close to a few people. Not many. And the few people that are around Tiger probably know there’s a problem. 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.”

And speaking of big deals, far from being a Page Six story: It’s significant if players on the PGA Tour, particularly those close to Woods, believe he may have a problem with painkillers.

If this is the case, more than rooting for him to return to the course, or spill his guts about the events of May 29, you have to hope Tiger Woods gets the help he needs.

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  1. Bob Parson Jr.

    May 30, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    Paul Azinger, a mediocre journeyman who happened to win the PGA Championship. Meanwhile, Larry Nelson, a true American hero and a gentleman with more talent than Azinger, never got to Captain the Ryder Cup team.

    Azinger, put a sock on it, TOOL!

  2. Dave r

    May 29, 2018 at 11:39 am

    My grandfather lived to be 102 he got that old buy minding his own business.

  3. Bob Parson Jr.

    Apr 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    Paul Azinger is a TOOL!

  4. Jim

    Jul 28, 2017 at 10:34 am

    Hack job. Poorly written clickbait.

    • Matt

      Mar 12, 2018 at 9:55 pm

      Agreed. Zinger has reached a new low, and this article is just as pathetic.

  5. li0scc0

    Jul 27, 2017 at 3:34 pm

    Glad that somebody (Paul Azinger) seems to actually care about Tiger Woods, instead of the sycophants that say “none of your business”.

    • Jim Fish

      Sep 17, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      People who care about Tiger wouldn’t go out blab to a reporter. Your thinking is idiotic. I’m more concerned about your IQ then Tigers “problem”.

      Feel sorry for you spouse and kids that are in your life if you think going around and blabbing to people that have a big mouth about somebody’s problems is what you think caring is. Yes I realize this is an old article couldn’t resist with your comment though. WOW

  6. Jude

    Jul 3, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Some people just love attentions, And you too Paul!

  7. Mike

    Jun 12, 2017 at 8:48 am

    Medical Marijuana is legal in Florida now, Tiger should have gotten his card for pain management and all this mess he’s in and his possible addiction to opiates would be non-existent.

  8. Judge Smells

    Jun 10, 2017 at 11:38 am

    you left out a word in the first paragraph, all these ads and no one to proof read?

  9. Bubba McBubb Jr

    Jun 10, 2017 at 4:25 am

    You were still lining up to gobble it down.

  10. Travis

    Jun 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    None of Azinger’s business, and especially none of his business to go blabbing about things he isn’t even sure about.

    Hey Paul, here’s an idea for you. If you think there’s a problem with Tiger, HOW ABOUT YOU REACH OUT AND HELP HIM?! Instead of saying it’s on someone else for not helping Tiger, why don’t you be a man and see if he needs help?

    Paul is pathetic.

    • Rich

      Apr 6, 2018 at 1:34 am

      Azinger relishes any attention he can get now that he’s no longer in the spotlight. .To bad he has to throw out unconfirmed allegations on the best golfer in the world since Nicklaus to put his name in the media. He should be ashamed. A zinger is a troll and should go back to his hole and keep his mouth shut. Worry about your self Azinger!!

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As part of a Srixon campaign, four PGA Tour players recently participated in a three-hole challenge, with each hole being a different game; hole No. 1 was blindfolded, hole No. 2 was costumes and distractions, and hole No. 3 was alternate shot with a baseball bat. The teams were Smylie Kaufman and Sam Ryder against Shane Lowry and Grayson Murray.

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And with his latest tweet, he’s…exposing himself in a way we haven’t seen.

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Nothing like it, indeed.

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What this portends for his future on the golf course is unclear, but you’d assume the 14-time major champion is feeling pretty good if he’s free diving after monsters of the deep.

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