San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg)|
|Residence||Napa, California, U.S.|
|College||Brigham Young University|
|Current tour||Champions Tour|
|Professional wins||30 (PGA Tour: 25, Other: 5)|
| Best Results in Major Championships|
|Masters||T2: 1971, 1975, 1981|
|U.S. Open||Won 1973|
|The Open||Won 1976|
|PGA Championship||T11: 1977|
|PGA Player of the Year||1974|
John Laurence "Johnny" Miller (born April 29, 1947) is a former professional golfer on the PGA Tour. He was one of the top players in the world during the mid-1970s and is currently the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, a position he has held since January 1990. He is also an active and successful golf course architect. Miller was born and raised in San Francisco. In 1961, he became the first "merit member" at the Olympic Club, the club's term for talented juniors given access to its facilities and became the top player on its junior team. He won the S.F. city junior title in 1963 at age 16, and the following year won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur, and enrolled at BYU in 1965.
At the end of his freshman year, Miller qualified for the 1966 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club, his home course in San Francisco. He used his local knowledge to finish in a tie for eighth place, the low amateur by three strokes, and earned an invitation to the 1967 Masters.
Miller played the first two rounds at Oakmont (near Pittsburgh) with Arnold Palmer and his "Army" gallery, at its largest in western Pennsylvania. Miller was two-under par (140) after the second round, but shot a five-over 76 on Saturday to settle at three-over (216) for the championship. (He did not have his yardage book with him until the 8th hole; his wife Linda had to retrieve it from their rented house.)
Miller began the fourth and final round in twelfth place, six shots behind the four co-leaders, which included Palmer. Teeing off at 1:36 pm, about an hour ahead of the final group, Miller shot a scorching eight-under 63, in what is considered one of the most remarkable rounds in U.S. Open history. He passed the leading players of the day, future hall-of-famers Jack Nicklaus, Gary Player, Lee Trevino, and Palmer, who was in the final pairing with John Schlee.
Miller birdied the first four holes and hit all 18 greens in regulation. He got five more birdies with only one bogey (a 3-putt on the 244 yard par-3 #8), and used only 29 putts during the round. Miller wound up at 5-under (279) for the championship, besting the runner-up Schlee by a single stroke, who shot a respectable 1-under 70. Only five players (Miller, Schlee, and three others) shot under-par in that final round, making his 63 even more remarkable. Miller earned $35,000 for the victory.
In 1974 he was the leading money winner on the PGA Tour by some distance with 8 victories, amassing a then record $353,201 (not exceeded until 1978), unseating Nicklaus as money leader for a season. Miller began 1975 with 3 more victories before finishing second to Nicklaus at the Masters, and third at The Open Championship at Carnoustie, just a single stroke from playoffs in both.
He won his second and final major in 1976, a six stroke victory over Nicklaus and a 19-year-old Seve Ballesteros at The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. Miller shot a 66 in the final round to tie the course record and earned £7,500 for the victory, about $14,000.
Following this win, Miller, never known as a great putter, somehow lost the form that made him a frequent winner in his early career and failed to win for the next 3 years. In 1981 he enjoyed one final spectacular season; his victory at the Million Dollar Challenge in Sun City, South Africa (following an epic 9-hole sudden death play-off with Ballesteros) that made him that year's leading world-wide money-winner in golf after two earlier wins in the U.S.
A side-light to his broadcasting career has been a string of movie and TV appearances as himself in the role of "beloved golf great". In one movie, The Associate, with Whoopi Goldberg, an aging billionaire is willing to transfer management of all his assets in exchange for the opportunity to play a round of golf with Johnny Miller.
Miller also owns a golf design company and a golf academy and designed the Thanksgiving Point Golf Course in Lehi, Utah, host of the Champion's Challenge. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Miller and his wife Linda have six children and live in Napa, California and Utah.
Major championships are shown in bold.
|Year||Championship||Winning Score||Margin||'''Runner(s) Up|
|1973||U.S. Open||-5 (71-69-76-63=279)||1 stroke||John Schlee|
|1976||The Open Championship||-9 (72-68-73-66=279)||6 strokes||Seve Ballesteros, Jack Nicklaus|
|U.S. Open||T8 LA||CUT||DNP||T42|
LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
WD = Withdrew
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10