Paul Azinger crashed bike on Sept. 10

Updated: September 17, 2010, 6:05 PM ET
By Bob Harig | ESPN.com

Former U.S. Ryder Cup team captain Paul Azinger is recovering from injuries suffered in a motorcycle accident on Sept. 10 near his Bradenton, Fla., home.

Azinger, 50, was struck by a driver who attempted to make a left turn onto the street where the former PGA Champion was traveling and was cited for a violation of right of way, according to the Florida Hawaii patrol.

"He laid the bike down in an attempt to avoid a collision and hit the car," said Lt. Chris Miller.

The Bradenton Herald reported that Azinger is recovering at home. His agent, Rich Braund, told the newspaper that he will not be able to swing a club for at least 10 weeks. Azinger was in his rookie year on the Champions Tour, although he played in just four events. He played once on the PGA Tour in July at the Canadian Open.

Azinger is scheduled to be a part of ESPN's coverage of the Ryder Cup.

"He's got some bruised ribs, some cracked ribs and some abrasions," Braund said to The Herald. "He's just been resting at home. ... He's just really sore. It's like getting into a fight with someone who had a bat -- you're just really sore."

Azinger, who won the 1993 PGA Championship and later was diagnosed with lymphoma, a form of cancer, guided the U.S. Ryder Cup team to its first victory since 1999 during the 2008 matches.

Azinger, who worked as an analyst for ESPN at this year's British Open, was unavailable for comment.

Bob Harig covers golf for ESPN.com.

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