Broadcaster Johnny Miller Bids Farewell In Phoenix
Were it up to Johnny Miller, he might leave quietly.
And wouldn’t that be ironic?
The most influential voice in golf broadcasting slipping into the shadows to be with his 24 grandchildren and to perhaps play a little golf himself now that he’s 71 years old.
The quiet time is coming but not quite yet.
This will be Miller’s final weekend in the television tower and it will be an abbreviated visit. He will sit with his longtime NBC Sports broadcast partner Dan Hicks on Saturday at the Waste Management Phoenix Open and say his public farewells then, ceding the Sunday seat to Paul Azinger, who will succeed him.
Miller didn’t change the game but he changed the way we watched it and thought about it.
Sooner or later, someone was going to slide into the analyst’s chair and offer more than platitudes. That’s what Miller did when his television career began nearly 30 years ago.
“He’s faced pushback including from me 20 years ago. It’s not easy to do what he’s done and be that honest." -- Justin Leonard on Johnny Miller
He arrived like an unexpected clap of thunder, then became as familiar as the wind rustling the trees.
Initially, Miller irritated players and unsettled viewers, both groups having been accustomed to more happy-talk analysis. Time didn’t soften Miller but it heightened people’s appreciation of his work.
Miller made the difficult seem simple. He talked about what he saw and what he sensed the pl...
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