Broadcaster Johnny Miller will return to the fairways and greens in next week’s Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf tournament. It will be his first competitive round since 1997.
For those who know Miller only as an acerbic broadcaster, a little background is in order:
For a short period of time in the early through mid 1970s, Johnny Miller was as good a golfer as any who has played. He won the 1973 US Open at Oakmont, where he came storming back from 12th place with a final round 63. That’s an incredible feat at any US Open, but especially so at Oakmont.
He was the leading money winner on the Tour in 1974, winning eight tournaments. In 1975, he finished second to Nicklaus at the Masters, and third at the British Open. In 1976, he won the British Open for his second Major.
Following that, however, his brilliant play tailed off, and he was not nearly as successful. Miller finished his career with 25 PGA Tour wins, played on two Ryder Cup teams and was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1996.
It’ll be good to see him play again.