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Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller

Born in San Francisco on April 29, 1947, Johnny Miller took up golf at the age of five. He received playing privileges at the Olympic Club and in 1964 won the U.S. Junior Amateur. As a 19-year-old amateur, he qualified for the 1966 U.S. Open at Olympic and finished eighth. After attending Brigham Young University where he made 1st Team All-American in 1967, Johnny turned professional in 1969 and nearly won the 1971 Masters.

Between 1974 and 1975, Miller won 12 tournaments, including the triumphant 1973 U.S. Open victory at Oakmont where he made a comeback from six behind and finished with a record-setting 63 in the final round. Following Oakmont, Johnny finished in a tie for second at the British Open Championship at Royal Troon, three strokes behind winner Tom Weiskopf. This was the first of five consecutive top-10 finishes for him at The Open. By the end of 1974, he was the leading money winner on the PGA TOUR by some distance with eight victories, unseating Nicklaus as money leader for a season.

In 21 years, Johnny won 25 times on the PGA TOUR and was inducted into the PGA TOUR Hall of Fame. In 1976, Miller won his second and final major at the British Open Championship. He then put the focus on raising a family of six children, and in 1990, he began a career in broadcasting. Not only has Johnny excelled in the game of golf, but he has received eight Emmy® Award nominations for his insightful, "tell-it-like-it-is" commentary and has several instructional golf videos for sale. In 1984, he founded the golf course design firm, Johnny Miller Design. He most recently formed the Johnny Miller Junior Golf Association, which opens the door for hundreds of young people who normally would not have the opportunity or the finances to learn the game of golf. Outside of being a commentator, course designer, columnist and author, Miller also enjoys fishing, ranching, church activities and spending time with his wife and family, which includes 18 grandchildren.

Fast Facts
1971 Southern Open
1972 Sea Pines Heritage Classic
1973 U.S. Open
1974 Bing Crosby National Pro-Am
Phoenix Open
Dean Martin Tucson Open
Sea Pines Heritage Classic
Tournament Of Champions
Westchester Classic
World Open
Kaiser International Open Invitational
1975 Phoenix Open
Dean Martin Tucson Open
Bob Hope Desert Classic
Kaiser International Open Classic
1976 British Open Championship
NBC Tucson Open
Bob Hope Desert Classic
1980 Jackie Gleason-Inverarry Classic
1981 Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open
Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open
1982 Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open
1983 Honda Inverrary Classic
1987 AT&T Pebble Beach® National Pro-Am
1994 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am
1964 USGA® Juniors
1973 Trophée Lancôme
World Cup (team title with Jack Nicklaus, and low individual scorer)
1974 Dunlop Phoenix (Japan Golf Tour)
1975 World Cup (team title with Lou Graham, and low individual scorer)
1979 Trophée Lancôme
1981 Million Dollar Challenge (South Africa - unofficial event)
1983 Chrysler Team Championship
1973 U.S. World Cup team member
1975 U.S. Ryder Cup
U.S. World Cup team member
1980 U.S. World Cup team member
1981 U.S. Ryder Cup