Is Johnny Miller the Worst Monday Morning Quarterback Ever?

I watched the entire final round of the Transitions Championship yesterday and enjoyed every minute of it. Except when Johnny Miller started talking. I might be in the minority saying this, but I enjoyed watching two young guys who have never won on tour battle it out down t he last few holes. You could see it in both Webb Simpson and Gary Woodland that they were nervous and could almost taste their first win. I can’t imagine how it must feel standing on the 16th, 17th or even 18th tee knowing you are tied for the lead and could win your first tourney. The commentators kept saying that it could be a life changing weekend for one of these guys and they are 100% right. Winning a PGA tour even, no matter who is in the field, is a big deal. Congratulations Gary Woodland! That was fun to watch.

What wasn’t fun was listening to Johnny Miller. Is this the best NBC can do for a lead commentator? They guy is negative beyond belief. Nothing is every good enough unless the ball is a few inches from the hole or dead in the center of the fairway. Guess what Johnny? This is golf. It is a game of who can miss the shot the best so ease up on the negativity and start rooting for some of these young guys out on tour. I know Tiger and Phil bring in more ratings, but when they aren’t in the field how about embracing the fact that the game is changing and young unconventional players are starting to come into their own? Yes, Johnny Miller won two major championships and 32 career wins. Awesome career, but is it one of the best ever? No. Would I rather hear what Jack or Arnie has to say about these young guys? Any day. No one will dispute that Johnny was a good player, but his condescending commentary is obnoxious and makes watching golf on NBC miserable.

I don’t think I am alone in this either. Simply go to twitter to see that Ian Poulter, Paul Azinger and others have all taken shots at Miller’s broadcast comments about them. Miller commented that Poulter wasn’t the best ball striker on a day that he hit something like 16 greens in regulation. I’m not expert, but that is pretty darn good. I just wish NBC would wise up and tell the guy to tone it down or get someone else in there. Brandon Chamblee anyone?

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