Paul Azinger on Tiger Wood’s Painkiller Abuse: ‘Been a Problem for a While’ (Video)

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Following Tiger Woods’ arrest after he passed out behind the wheel of his car, he and his camp have been quick to blame the incident on “medication” rather than alcohol. Now PGA players both on and off the record, are chiming in saying that Woods’ painkiller struggles have been a sort of open secret dating back almost as long as his health problems.

Golfer Paul Azinger admits that he hasn’t seen Tiger in a few years, but, speaking on The Herd, he said, “I know firsthand there’s some players that think there’s a problem there with Tiger.” Azinger added, “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.”

The comments are made around the 7:30 mark.

Though Azinger doesn’t necessarily think that the issue will definitively end Woods’ career, he thinks that it’s a serious problem that’s been ignored for far too long.

“He’s had a lot of back surgeries, he’s had knee surgeries, he’s had an Achilles’ issue. He’s had a lot of pain,” Azinger said. “It would be easy for Tiger to get hooked on that, that very addictive drug, if he’s hooked on it. I hope he’s not.”

Hat Tip – [GolfWeek]

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