Most people today know Johnny Miller as the critical know-it-all golf analyst on NBC’s golf broadcast team, but older fans remember him as a young hard-charging golfer in the 70’s who looked a lot like Jack Nicklaus. The 66 year-old two-time major champion had a Phil Mickelson grip-it-and-rip-it style, and came up short in the Magnificent Masters of 1975.
Johnny Miller and Tom Weiskopf lost the 1975 Masters to Jack Nicklaus in what was classified as one of the events best tournaments. Jack won his fifth of six Green Jackets, and the second place tie with Weiskopf would be as close as Miller would ever get at Augusta. He won the US Open in 1973, and the British Open in 1976. His best finish in the PGA Championship was a T11 in 1977.
Fred Couples called Miller one of the best strikers of the ball he had ever seen, but Johnny Miller was never a great putter. After winning the British Open in 1976, he picked up a bad case of the yips and went win-less for almost four years before winning the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic in 1980. He had a nice season in 1981 before hanging it up. He ended his career with 25 tour wins, and 105 top ten finishes.
The one thing Johnny Miller always has, is an opinion, and he shared his thoughts on the 2014 Masters with Golf.com.
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