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Golf: Johnny Miller Admits Mistake

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Stan Sutherland
Stan Sutherland

Johnny Miller is often criticised for being highly critical during his commentaries however Doug Ferguson’s report suggests Johnny does recognise his own fallibility.

Commenting on why Nick Faldo won six majors, three times each in the Masters and British Open and Johnny only two. Doug writes, “Johnny Miller was quick to point out how different he and Nick Faldo were as players, and he said this with some regret. Miller aimed at every flag he saw. Faldo was more of a strategist

“I played just the opposite,” Miller said. “I hit it as hard as I could, fired at every flag stick, and that lends itself to having train wrecks in the majors. If I had to do it over again, I’d have two gas pedals - one for the majors, one for the regular tournaments. I never figured that out.”

The reference to Johnny’s lack of many Majors brought to mind a guy with similar aggressive golfing attributes and who likewise only won two Majors. Greg Norman shares the unenviable record of being one of only two players to lose in extra holes at all four Majors. The other person, Craig Wood also appears to have had a similar aggressive style, given that one of nicknames was “Blonde Bomber”.

And if my memory serves me right I recall that some time ago when Arnie was reflecting on his record in the Majors and his much-admired aggressive style “The King” was of the opinion his aggression was his often the cause of his failure to win more Majors.

For those golfers capable of winning a Major maybe Johnny has just his best-ever piece of advice, “Two gas pedals - one for the majors, one for the regular tournaments.”

Doug’s statistic for this week, “Fifty years ago, Jack Nicklaus tied for 50th at the Los Angeles Open and earned $33.33. A three-way tie for 50th at the Sony Open this week pays $13,530.”

Here’s the link to Doug
Today’s Hard Luck Story
One of Craig Wood’s extra hole loses was at the hands of Gene Sarazen who played “The shot that was heard around the world.”
Gene’s famous albatross (double eagle) in the 1935 Augusta National Invitational which helped him tie Craig before going on to beat him in a 36-hole playoff

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