Should Johnny Miller Apologize to Phil Mickelson?

October 5, 2010 at 1:38 am 9 comments

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.


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9 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Tim  |  October 5, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    I think the answer is no he shouldn’t. That’s Johnny Miller, and we like him that way. Bottom line, Phil played like crap in the Cup except for Monday. The putts the Europeans were bagging consistently were atleast a long if not longer than the putts he was throwing away left and right. He definitely didn’t play like the #2 – or ahem – #3 in the world, and showed once again that he lacks the killer instinct that is going to get him to #1.

    • 2. Greenside Bunker  |  October 5, 2010 at 5:49 pm

      I absolutely agree that Phil played like crap all weekend (except Monday). I even went so far as to suggest that Phil never play another Ryder Cup; it just doesn’t suit him. But to suggest that he should be selling cars instead of golf? Do you think that’s a little much?

      Trust me. I’m not a Mickelson apologist. I’m his biggest critic. But Johnny Miller went a little overboard with that comment, in my opinion, and he did so all weekend.

  • 3. Dan  |  October 5, 2010 at 5:52 pm

    Most of the experienced golfers that I know, LOVE Johnny and his comments. He is usually dead on in his assessments, and when he’s wrong, he will admit it. Don’t muzzle Johnny and try to make him a sappy version of all the other golf analysts on TV. I am, by the way a Phil Mickelson fan by and large. So, Miller’s comments don’t change that at all.

    • 4. Greenside Bunker  |  October 5, 2010 at 5:58 pm

      It’s a good point that he calls it like he’s sees it. But it seems as though he takes it to extremes with some of his commentary. Part of my thought is why say that in an American broadcast when the vast majority of viewers are pulling for the American squad?

  • 5. Mike  |  October 6, 2010 at 3:04 pm

    I thnk Johnny Miller was wrong in his car dealer comment about Mickelson. I don’t think Phil could close a car sale, either.

  • 7. Sammy  |  October 6, 2010 at 5:14 pm

    Hello Dan, I respectly disagree with you on the fact that Johnny is dead on in his assessments.
    He usually says he pulled it, pushed it, chumped it after the the putt has been missed. Its trying find a fault in the putt, as to why he missed the putt!
    As if he would have done any better with the putt!!
    If he had, he would have been the best golfer of all time.

    I think he should apologize to Phil, the comment is way out of line.

    I have started “muting” NBC Golf coverage because I just cant stand the unnecessary comments that Johnny Miller keeps making (and the tone), after every putt, after every shot. He has to keep saying some junk.

    They should learn from CBS.

  • 8. Scott Logan  |  October 7, 2010 at 3:42 am

    Those who can DO and those who can’t TALK like they can. I will post just one additional item here: Phil Mickelson’s career earnings are $59,677,389.00 ….nuff said!

  • 9. Rocky  |  October 11, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    Just in case Phil can’t get a job as a car salesman, and if he is really desperate, he could be a old hack golf commentator.


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