Should Johnny Miller Apologize to Phil Mickelson?
There’s an almost comical way about Johnny Miller when he speaks on t.v. He does provide some occasional insight, but it’s his brash, almost offensive comments about players and their shots that gets everybody riled up.
This weekend at the Ryder Cup, the Johnny Miller-isms were flowing faster than the kegs of Guinness after the European victory in the 2010 Ryder Cup. A few regular Johnny Miller comments incited me enough to start the somewhat sarcastic #JohnnyMillerKnowsBest hash tag on Twitter.
But it wasn’t until he criticized a skulled-shot from Stewart Cink, or a certain left-handed American hero (to some) that Johnny really started to get into trouble.
You see, Miller started this whole outcry on Saturday when he suggested that Cink’s skulled shot (from a terrible lie in deep rough no less) was so terrible that not even HE could play it that bad. But it was the car salesman dig on Sunday that really did the job.
“If Phil Mickelson couldn’t chip, he’d be selling cars in San Diego.”
Unbelievable. Incomprehensible. How can an American television personality actually get away with saying that. Now I know Phil had a terrible weekend. I openly criticized him here in this very forum. But this seems a little excessive. And not only that, but Phil played his heart out on Monday, and proved to the world that, while he definitely doesn’t want the #1 spot (purely speculative), he’s still got the game when he needs it (outside of just his beautiful chips).
So should Johnny Miller apologize? I, for one, think so. And not privately either. I think it should be a full-blown live event…right after Phil wins a tournament. Unless Johnny is too busy buying a new car.