Re: Johnny Miller Master Thread
I grew up playing junior golf with Johnny's sons and used to be good friends with Andy before we went our separate ways in college.
I got an up close look at Johnny, even been to their house several times in Napa and got to see the US Open trophy, which I'm sure will come as no surprise to many, was made the centerpiece of the entire house.
I got to see the good and bad sides of him quite a bit.
First, the good. He is genuinely a good person at heart. The entire family were really a good bunch of people that treated me with a lot of warmth and kindness. They really went out of their way to make me feel welcome. You can really tell Johnny took a lot of pride and loved his wife and kids, which goes a long way in my book in measuring someone's character.
Then the bad. What gets said about Johnny a lot, that he's an arrogant ass that isn't very considerate of other people is true...SOMETIMES. OK, a lot of times. I personally only had one bad interaction with him, playing in a junior tournament in Sacramento with one his sons (Scott), but witnessed a lot more with other kids.
I was in a fairway bunker and playing fairly well at the time when, right in the middle of my backswing, comes Johnny Miller in a cart flying 100 MPH jumping roots through the trees to come out and follow his son. Totally f-ed me as I bladed one directly into the lip of the bunker, where it plugged and ultimately forced me to take an unplayable.
I ended up making a quad on the hole and was so pi$$ed it completely destroyed my round and took me out of contention. I glared at Johnny the rest of the day and couldn't shake the thought of wanting to wrap a club around his neck. Everyone knew he f-ed up, him and Scott included, yet only Scott had the class to come up to me and apologize. Johnny never did. That was Johnny in a nutshell. Too proud to apologize for anything.
That always stuck with me and every time I see him now on TV, I can't shake the thought of how much I hated him at the time. He's not one of my favorite people, but his family more than made up for it.
As far his skills on TV are concerned I think he's pretty good when it comes to analyzing actual golf shots. When he veers off on tangents that have more to do with his opinion is when he loses me.
Regardless of what you may think of him though, he was one of the best ball strikers to ever play the game. He would come out to the range sometimes, not touching a club in months, and rip a 3 iron one handed 200+ yards on a rope on his first try. The guy had some serious skill.