Who's who in golf - Johnny Miller


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Name: - John Laurence "Johnny" Miller
Country: - USA
Born : - On April 29th, 1947 in San Francisco, California.
Original Home/Club: - Olympic Club, San Francisco.
Occupation: - Professional golfer; television commentator; golf course designer; golf writer.
Turned Pro: - 1969 (aged 22)

Roll of Honour

MAJORS (2): US Open (1973); The Open (1976). Ryder Cup player (1975, '81). Total professional wins (35), of which US PGA Tr (25), European Tr (2) and Japan Tr (1). PGA Tour leading money winner (1974). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 1996).


Golf course design

Miller's best known work includes, but is not limited to:

CALIFORNIA: Maderas (1999, with Robert Muir Graves & Damian Pascuzzo); The Bridges, San Ramon (1999, w/RMG & DP); Chardonnay (1987, w/Jack Barry); Eagle Ridge (w/Ron Fream & David Dale); Eagle Vines (2004); Metropolitan (2003, w/Fred Bliss); StoneTree (2000, w/Sandy Tatum, Jim Summers & Fred Bliss); Whitney Oaks (1997); Schaffer's Mill (2008, w/John Harbottle).

NEVADA: Resort course, Genoa Lakes (1998, w/John Harbottle); Badlands (1995, w/Chi Chi Rodriguez).

UTAH: Entrada at Snow Canyon (1996, w/Fred Bliss); Thanksgiving Point (1997).

GREAT BRITAIN: Collingtree Park, England (1987).

JAPAN: Wingfield GC in Nikko; Shimoakima in Gunma.


Did you know?

Miller was one of the world's best players in the 1970s and '80s, a prolific winner on the PGA Tour and two-time major champion. After his highly successful professional career, Miller became a leading golf commentator and analyst on NBC Sports, as well as a golf course designer. Many of his course designs are in his home state of Calfornia, as well as nearby Nevada and Utah, and further afield in Japan and the UK.


Top tournaments won by Johnny Miller

1994Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach281 (-7)$225,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Feb 3-6). Second-placed Tom Watson (USA), Kirk Triplett (USA), Corey Pavin (USA) and Jeff Maggert (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller (USA), who recorded the last of his 25 PGA Tour wins. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Poppy Hills GC and Spyglass Hill GC].
1987Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach278 (-10)$108,000
Played as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am (Jan 29-Feb 1). Second-placed Payne Stewart (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller (USA). [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
1983Men AmericaChrysler Team Ch'shipBoca West CC191 (-25)$50,000
Played as the inaugural Chrysler Team Championship (Dec 15-18; PGA Tr post-season two-man better-ball unofficial money event). Second-placed Al Geiberger & Peter Oosterhuis (Eng) finished 1 shot behind winning team of Johnny Miller & Jack Nicklaus. Reduced to 54 holes due to rain. [No.1 course, Boca West CC, Boca Raton, FL. Earlier rounds also used the No.2 course, and Broken Sound Club, Boca Raton].
1983Men AmericaHonda ClassicInverrary CC278 (-10)$72,000
Played as the Honda Inverrary Classic (March 3-6; for the last time at Inverrary CC). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miller (USA). [East course, Inverrary CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].
1982Men AmericaFarmers Insurance OpenTorrey Pines270 (-18)$54,000
Played as the Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open (Jan 28-31). Second-placed Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller (USA). [South course, Torrey Pines, La Jolla, CA].
1981Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.270 (-14)$54,000
Played as the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open (Feb 19-22). Second-placed Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miller (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1981Men AfricaNedbank Golf ChallengeGary Player CC277 (-11)$500,000
The inaugural Sun City Golf Challenge (Dec 31, 1981-Jan 3, 1982; unofficial event; limited field of five top tour professionals). Miller (USA) beat Seve Balleteros (Esp) with a par at the ninth playoff hole (par-4 18th), to collect the then richest ever prize in golf. [Gary Player CC, Sun City Resort, North West Prov, South Africa].
1981Men AmericaTucson OpenRandolph GC265 (-15)$54,000
Played as the Joe Garagiola Tucson Open (Jan 8-11). Second-placed Lon Hinkle (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miller (USA), who claimed the last of his four wins in this event, and 20th overall PGA Tour win. [Randolph GC, Tucson, AZ. at the time known as the North Course at Randolph Park].
1980Men AmericaHonda ClassicInverrary CC274 (-14)$54,000
Played as Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic (March 6-9). Second-placed Charles Coody (USA) and Bruce Lietzke (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miller (USA). [East course, Inverrary CC, Ft Lauderdale, FL].
1979Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche281£9,478
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Johnny Miller (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1976Men AmericaDesert ClassicIndian Wells CC344 (-16)$36,000
Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 4-8). Second-placed Rik Massengale (USA) finished 3 shots behind defending champion Miller (USA). [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Eldorado CC; La Quinta CC].
1976Men MajorsThe OpenRoyal Birkdale279 (-9)£7,500
The Open Championship (105th) (July 7-10). Second-placed Seve Ballesteros (Esp) and Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 6 shots behind Miller (USA). [Royal Birkdale GC, Southport, Merseyside].
1976Men AmericaTucson OpenTucson Natl.274 (-14)$40,000
Played as the NBC Tucson Open. Second-placed Howard Twitty (USA) finished 3 shots behind Miller (USA), who recorded his third straight win in this tournament. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
1975Men AmericaDesert ClassicBermuda Dunes CC339 (-21)$32,000
Played as the Bob Hope Desert Classic (Feb 5-9). Second-placed Bob Murphy (USA) finished 3 shots behind Miller (USA). [Bermuda Dunes CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Indian Wells CC; Tamarisk CC; La Quinta CC].
1975Men AmericaMichelob Ch'shipSilverado272x
Played as the Kaiser International Open Invitational.
1975Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ260 (-24)$30,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 9-12). Second-placed Jerry Heard (USA) finished 14 shots behind defending champion and runaway winner Miller (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1975Men AmericaTucson OpenTucson Natl.263 (-25)$40,000
Played as the Dean Martin Tucson Open. Second-placed John Mahaffey (USA) finished 9 shots behind defending champion Miller (USA), who shot a final round 61 to clinch victory. Miller also won the tour's Phoenix Open the week before. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
1975Men AsiaWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Navatanee GC275 (-13)$1,000
Second-placed Bob Shearer (Aus), Hseih Min-nan (Taiw) and Ben Arda (Phil) finished 2 shots behind Johnny Miller (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Johnny Miller & Lou Graham (USA). [Navatanee GC, Bangkok, Thailand].
1974Men JapanDunlop PhoenixPhoenix CC, Jpn274 (-14)US$33,333
Played as the inaugural Dunlop Phoenix Tournament (Dec 5-8; Japan Tr season-ending event). Lu Liang-huan "Mr Lu" (Taiw) finished 7 shots behind Miller (USA), who claimed his first and only Japan Tour win, and ninth tournament title of the year. [Phoenix CC, Miyazaki, Japan].
1974Men AmericaHall of Fame ClassicPinehurst No.2281 (-3)$60,000
Played as the World Open Golf Championship (Sept 12-15). Miller (USA) beat Jack Nicklaus (USA) and Frank Beard (USA) with a birdie at the second playoff hole. Bob Murphy (USA) was eliminated at the first playoff hole. Miller recorded his tenth win on the PGA Tour. [No.2 course, Pinehurst Resort, North Carolina].
1974Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town276 (-8)$40,000
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (March 28-31). Second-placed Gibby Gilbert (USA) finished 3 shots behind Miller (USA), who won this event for the second time in three years. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC].
1974Men AmericaMichelob Ch'shipSilverado271x
Played as the Kaiser International Open Invitational.
1974Men AwardsMoney Winner - PGA Tr$353,021see Score
Miller (USA) was the PGA Tour 1974 leading money winner, with earnings of $353,021 on the Tour. Jack Nicklaus (USA) was second with $238,178; Hubert Green (USA) was third with $211,709.
1974Men AmericaNorthern Trust, TheWestchester CC269 (-19)$50,000
Played as the Westchester Classic. Second-placed Don Bies (USA) finished 2 shots behind Miller (USA). [West course, Westchester CC, Rye, NY].
1974Men AmericaPebble Beach Pro-AmPebble Beach208 (-8)$27,500
Played as the Bing Crosby National Pro-Am (Jan 3-6; PGA Tour season-opener). Second-placed Grier Jones (USA) finished 4 shots behind Miller (USA). Event reduced to 54 holes due to bad weather. [Pebble Beach Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Cypress Point Club and Spyglass Hill GC].
1974Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ271 (-13)$30,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 10-13). Second-placed Lanny Wadkins (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller (USA), who posted his fifth PGA Tour win. [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1974Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Miller (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1974Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort280 (-8)$40,000
Played as the Tournament of Champions (April 25-28). Second-placed Bud Allin (USA) and John Mahaffey (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1974Men AmericaTucson OpenTucson Natl.272 (-16)$30,000
Played as the Dean Martin Tucson Open. Second-placed Ben Crenshaw (USA) finished 3 shots behind Miller (USA), who set a PGA Tour record in winning the opening three events of the 1974 season. [Catalina course, Tucson National Resort, Tucson, AZ].
1973Men EuropeTrophee LancomeSaint-Nom-La-Breteche277x
Played as the Trophee Lancome. Won by Johnny Miller (USA). [Golf de Saint-Nom-La-Bretèche, nr Paris, France].
1973Men MajorsUS OpenOakmont CC, PA279 (-5)$35,000
The US Open (73rd) (Jun 14-17). Second-placed John Schlee (USA) finished 1 shot behind first-time major championship winner Miller (USA). [Oakmont CC, nr Pittsburgh, PA].
1973Men EuropeWorld Cup of Golf (Indiv)Las Brisas277 (-11)$1,000
Second-placed Gary Player (RSA) finished 3 shots behind Miller (USA), who won the International Trophy for best individual score in the World Cup of Golf. Team winners of the Cup: Jack Nicklaus & Johnny Miller (USA). [Las Brisas GC, Nueva Andalucía, Costa del Sol. Now called Royal (Real) Las Brisas].
1972Men AmericaHeritage ClassicHarbour Town281 (-3)$25,000
Played as the Sea Pines Heritage Classic (Nov 24-27). Second-placed Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 1 shot behind Miller (USA), who recorded his second PGA Tour win. [Harbour Town Links, Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head, SC. First two rounds also used the resort's Ocean course].
1971Men AmericaBuick ChallengeGreen Island CC267$20,000
Played as the Southern Open Invitational.
1964Men AmateurUS Amateur (Boys)Eugene CC2 & 1amateur
Played as the U.S. Junior Amateur Championship. Miller (USA) beat Enrique Sterling Jr (Mex) 2 and 1 in the final. [Eugene CC, Eugene, Oregon].

 

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