Thirty years is a lifetime to some but to others; it goes by like a flash. Johnny Miller’s last 30 years as an NBC lead analyst have flown by like a warm summer breeze. Miller was named lead anchor for NBC in 1990, though he continued to play professional golf well into the mid-1990s. His style of calling golf was an instant success with viewers but was also met with massive criticism.
Miller puts it to you straight and does not like to sugar coat anything or try to be something he’s not, what’s not to like about this guy. Not only is he saying what comes to his mind he’s ready to unplug the microphone and focus on family. He will be making his last broadcast Saturday, February 2nd at the Waste Management Phoenix Open where he won back-to-back in 1974/75 before handing the duties to Paul Azinger for Sunday’s broadcast.
Miller’s playing career was no slouch either, amassing 35 worldwide wins two of which are major championships. One of Miller’s most notable wins includes the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont Country Club with a record-breaking 63 in the final round to win by a single stroke. Since then only Henrik Stenson has equaled that feat in the final round of the 2016 Open Championship at Royal Troon. He was known to be a flag hunter but knew when to back-off on shots or when to send in the final hour to win a tournament. In 1998 Miller was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame
Miller has cemented himself as a staple in the game of golf and other sports as well. He paved the way for other analysts to be truthful, sometimes harsh when talking about a player(s). Miller feels that is what fans want to hear. Over the years he has made a few calls that are cringe-worthy, but for the most part, he’s just being Johnny Miller. Some notable Miller-isms are “The choke factor”, “If Ben Hogan saw that he would roll over in his grave”, “If Phil Mickelson didn’t know how to chip he would be a used car salesman”, and to Justin Lennard at the 1999 Ryder Cup, “My hunch is that Justin needs to go home and watch it on T.V.”. Even though all the other comments not listed Miller still gives his two cents the way he wants to.
Whether you loved him or hated him, Johnny Miller will always be a part of the greatest game ever played. He was the voice of golf to multiple generations and an inspiration to many as a player. Congratulations on 50 years in the world of professional golf and best of luck in retirement.