Johnny Miller is the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, and he covered his 20th and final U.S. Open this past Sunday. After the broadcast, Alex Miceli of Golfweek spoke with Miller about his run as a commentator for the U.S. Open.
NBC sports covered the U.S. Open during one of the greatest stretches in the history of the championship. Tiger Woods won three U.S. Opens, Phil Mickelson finished second six times, and the game of golf grew tremendously in that time.
During the interview, Miller spoke about which Opens were especially memorable to him, as well as the course setup for his final open at Pinehurst No. 2. The exchange between Miceli and Miller is a must watch:
Miller won the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont by one stroke over John Schlee after firing a final round 63. The win catapulted Miller to the upper echelon of the game, and he went on to have a Hall of Fame career (25 PGA Tour wins, including two majors championships). His career included eight wins in 1974, and the 1976 Open Championship.
As a commentator, Miller is known as a honest person who has tremendous knowledge of the game. His opinions are often critical, but he demands great golf from today’s Tour players, just like he demanded great golf from himself. Miller will still commentate during NBC’s coverage of PGA Tour tournaments, but his analysis of the Open will be missed.
At the end of the interview, he said he will probably have a BBQ during the 2015 U.S. Open. The guests will be treated to a one-of-a-kind experience.