Place of birth: San Francisco, California
Nickname: During his playing days, Miller was sometimes called "The Desert Fox" because so many of his wins came on the desert courses of Arizona and Southern California.
PGA Tour Victories:
• 1973 U.S. Open
• 1976 British Open
Awards and Honors:
• PGA Tour money leader, 1974
• PGA Tour Player of the Year, 1974
• Member, two U.S. Ryder Cup teams
Johnny Miller: "Sometimes I think that when we get up in heaven, God's going to let everyone be 28, and there's going to be this great tournament."
Lanny Wadkins: "Johnny was the best I ever saw at hitting pure golf shots."
Johnny Miller Biography:
When he debuted on golf telecasts as an analyst, Miller was a breath of fresh air, unafraid to call it as he saw it. Miller even had the gumption to toss around the word "choke" and apply it to specific players. Many golf fans and professional golfers came to love Miller's broadcasting; but many also came to dislike it, believing Miller too blunt.
Those who know Miller only as a broadcaster are missing the knowledge of what a truly great golfer he was in his prime.
Miller grew up in San Francisco and won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur Championship, then had a successful college career at Brigham Young University. As a 19-year-old amateur, Miller finished eighth at the 1966 U.S. Open. He turned pro in 1969.
He'd won twice on the PGA Tour when, at the 1973 U.S. Open, he produced one of the best rounds of golf ever played. Miller's final-round 63 led him to the first of his two major championships. Coming on the brutal Oakmont Country Club layout, and in the final rouund, and producing a victory, that round is ranked by many the greatest in the history of golf.
Miller also won the 1976 British Open.
In 1974, Miller won eight tournaments, the money title and the Player of the Year award. He won four more times in 1975.
The World Golf Hall of Fame says: "In golf's modern era, it's commonly understood that no player has ever achieved the brief but memorable brilliance of Johnny Miller. ... (In 1974-75) Miller hit the ball consistently closer to the flag than any player in history. At his best, Miller's game was marked by incredibly aggressive and equally accurate iron play."
Miller's playing credentials would likely be even stronger had he not been plagued by a series of injuries and, later in his career, the yips. He overcame both for his final victory, the 1994 Pebble Beach Pro-Am.
In addition to his broadcasting, Miller owns a golf course design company, a golf academy, and has made numerous golf instructional videos.
Johnny Miller was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1996.