Tag Archives: Johnny Miller

Feb
26
2017

Rickie Fowler began the final round of the Honda Classic with a four-shot lead. Hand him the trophy, right? Well, not necessarily. If it hadn’t been incredibly blustery at a difficult track like PGA National, with probably the most intimidating stretch of holes near the end with the Bear Trap — nos. 15-17, then, sure, it would’ve been a done deal.

But as one colleague noted, “I’ve seen this movie before,” meaning Fowler has experienced some scar tissue when he’s held the 54-hole lead and not managed to close the deal on the PGA Tour. The most recent occasion occurred at Riviera in 2016 when he led by a shot, but struggled in the final round and posted a three-over 74 to finish tied for seventh.

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Jun
13
2016

I have some serious *breaking* news for you guys: Oakmont is a tough track. Yeah, no shit, right? Of course, it is — it’s a U.S. Open venue! No, but seriously, it makes the average U.S. Open course look like the rinky-dink muni you play wearing a t-shirt and cut-offs while you shotgun PBRs. That’s right. Oakmont eats most other venues for breakfast.

I haven’t seen that much of the course yet (walking at least nine with some guys tomorrow morning!), but I’ve seen enough and spoken to enough players/insiders to know how difficult, strenuous and mentally taxing it is. It will certainly be interesting to see how players deal with the part of the game between the ears this week. I mean, it looks like it could be pretty traumatizing if you’re not playing well and things start moving in the wrong direction. 

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Jun
6
2014

 

The 2014 U.S. Open is the end of an era. It will be the 20th and final* U.S. Open televised by NBC. The NBC team includes Johnny Miller, Dan Hicks, Gary Koch, Roger Maltbie, Peter Jacobson, and Jimmy Roberts. They have called several of the greatest U.S. Opens in history, and their coverage of the national championship will be missed.

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Nov
29
2012

Bradley, the first player to win a major with a belly putter, eyes the imminent anchoring ban...with respectful distaste

The anchoring ban controversy elicits strong reactions. It pits a group of people who favor one school of thought against another faction who are set in their view on the issue. (Of course there are some who are indifferent because they say it doesn’t effect them one way or the other but that’s kind of missing the point.)

Now I’m sure you haven’t heard or watched or talked about this imminent new rule that will prohibit the anchoring of a club to the body. Trust me, I am dreading 3-4 more years of this, and more importantly, it’s taken away attention away from the multitude of interesting storylines at Q-school (that I have saved yet not enough hours in the day to write and post). That said, after this, I’m putting a hold on all things anchoring — with exceptions, like if it involves opinions of players at Q-school or if Webb Simpson and Keegan Bradley picket outside Sherwood Country Club.

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May
11
2012

Faldo and Johnny: Probably talking Tiger here

For better or worse, I rarely have the privilege to listen to the telecast because the TVs are always on mute. Well, this week the Tour provides us with a “Personal PA” at each media station, so we can listen to Nick Faldo, Johnny Miller and the rest of the crew.

About an hour ago, Dan Hicks said to Johnny something like, “You’re not a fan of the over-analysis of Tiger, are you?”

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Dec
19
2011

Faldo and Miller together? They're gonna need a bigger booth!

Nick Faldo and Johnny Miller, arguably golf’s two most opinionated analysts, will appear together in Golf Channel’s season-opening Tournament of Champions at Kapalua, according to USA Today‘s Michael Hiestand. (Wait, Johnny is actually doing cable??) Which should certainly be intriguing — I don’t have to tell you that this could turn into really, really good television or a complete trainwreck. Either way, I think it’s a win-win and you now have a reason to watch golf in the first week of the year.

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Dec
16
2010

Besides playing a few of America’s greatest courses at the Lexus Champions for Charity event in Pebble Beach last week, I had the opportunity to talk with two-time major champion and NBC talking head, Johnny Miller.

I had so many questions — was Ian Poulter still mad at him for saying he was a poor ballstriker? Was Phil Mickelson upset at the comment he made at the Ryder Cup? Who are the game’s biggest chokers? Will Tiger break Jack Nicklaus’ record?

What was supposed to be a ten-minute chat, quickly turned into twenty-nine very interesting and entertaining minutes. It was fascinating to pick Johnny’s mind about almost anything that crossed my mind, and get a trademark Johnny Miller no-BS answer.

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Dec
13
2010
By Stephanie Wei under General

Our fivesome on 18 tee at Pebble Beach (photo via http://peiphoto.smugmug.com)

It really doesn’t get much better than spending four-ish days in December playing golf and hanging out with new and old friends at Pebble Beach Golf Resort for a wonderful cause. Before the Lexus Champions for Charity festivities began, I wrote that Christmas came early when I got to watch some old friends earn their PGA Tour cards at Q-school. Then I experienced it all and I left Pebble, thinking, “Wow, Christmas happened again!” and “Did I seriously ever question accepting the generous invite?” (Yep, I’m a moron.)

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Oct
3
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

As you know, the Europeans put on a clinic and schooled the Americans in the third session matches of the Ryder Cup, winning 5 1/2 of the possible 6 points. To be blunt, it was basically a good old fashioned ass whopping — led by a guy who hadn’t played golf in almost two months, Lee Westwood, a rookie, Martin Kaymer, and an old dude, Miguel Angel Jimenez. Going into Monday’s singles matches, Europe leads 10 1/2 points to US 6 1/2.

Here’s an excerpt from my wrap-up story over at WSJ.com:

Meanwhile, on the U.S. side, there wasn’t much to praise. One after the other, the Americans left putts short on the slow greens that were clearly an advantage to the Europeans. Despite posting two birdies, Phil Mickelson faltered down the stretch, missing shorts putts on No. 14 and 15. NBC announcer Johnny Miller quipped, “If he couldn’t chip, he’d be selling cars in San Diego.” Mickelson and Rickie Fowler loss 2-and-1 to the pugnacious Ian Poulter and PGA champion Martin Kaymer, who along with Westwood have yet to lose a match (both 2-0-1). With this loss, Mickelson is now 0-3, making him the American with the most career losses (17) in Ryder Cup history. [Read the rest here.]

How about that Johnny Miller quote? Ouch. (Sorry, but I still laughed.)

[Photos by Jon Super/AP]

Oct
2
2010
By Stephanie Wei under Ryder Cup

So this is what Hunter Mahan meant when he said Tiger's sweater options would be limited

“That’s not a hard putt [or shot].” (Or suggests it’s easy.)

If I weren’t working, I’d be nursing a hangover already. Please play and let me know how it turns out.

Good morning, America! For those of you who haven’t been up since 2am EST — yes, I’m going to be jetlagged by the time the Ryder Cup is over — team USA is wearing those atrocious lavender cardigans, which is causing the utmost confusion to those who thought our colors were red, white and blue. Anyway, it’s already been a marathon with the US surprisingly taking the early lead after the first session. Oh, and Jeff Overton was pretty much the hero. The so-called strongest American pair of Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson is working out painfully poor.

I’m blogging for the WSJ.com today. Go here (just for you, Jerry Foltz!).

So far, I’ve written about the weather bailing out NBC’s coverage blunder (we get to see live golf instead of tape delay!), a first session round-up, Rickie Fowler’s rookie rules blunder, and the Brothers Molinari struggling early in foursomes (which I jinxed).

More to come! Woohoo. U-S-A, U-S-A!

[Photo by David Cannon/Getty Images]