Johnny Miller

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Johnny Miller Mormon golfer

Johnny Miller was born John Laurence Miller on April 29, 1947, in San Francisco, California. He is a former professional golfer on the PGA Tour and currently the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports, a position he has held since January 1990. He is also an active and successful golf course architect. Johnny Miller is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, sometimes casually called the Mormon Church.

Miller was one of the top players in the world during the mid-1970s, and was ranked second in the world on Mark McCormack's world golf rankings in both 1974 and 1975 behind Jack Nicklaus. [1] Miller won the San Francisco city junior title in 1963 at age 16, and the following year won the 1964 U.S. Junior Amateur. He enrolled at Brigham Young University in 1965. At the end of his freshman year, Miller qualified for the 1966 U.S. Open at the Olympic Club. His performance there earned him an invitation to the 1967 Masters.

Miller was an All-American golfer at BYU. He earned a bachelor's degree in physical education in 1969. Miller joined the PGA Tour the same year at age 22. He won his first tournament in 1971. He also won the 1973 U.S. Open and the 1976 British Open. At the 1980 Open Championship, Miller holed a rare and remarkable double eagle (albatross); it was only the second time such a score was recorded in the competition's long history. In 1981 Miller was the leading worldwide money-winner in golf. He finished his career with 25 PGA Tour wins and 105 Top 10 finishes. He played on two Ryder Cup teams, 1975 and 1981. He was inducted into the World Golf Hall of Fame in 1998.

As a commentator he became known for his straightforward and sometimes blunt remarks, which sometimes earned him the enmity of players. (Wikipedia) Miller has also written a column for Golf Digest magazine for several years, offering insight into various aspects of golf, often featuring the professional game. Miller has also made many TV and movie appearances. Miller is part of a limited partnership which purchased Silverado Country Club in Napa, California on July 1, 2010. He also owns a golf design company and a golf academy and designed the Thanksgiving Point Golf Course in Lehi, Utah, host of the Champion's Challenge.

Miller and his wife Linda have six children and live in Napa, California and Utah.