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Carmel Magazine, Winter-Spring 2019

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Golf 's Top Commentator Drops the Mic 110 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 After Near ly 30 Year s, NBC Analyst Johnny Miller Retires B Y A L A N S H I P N U C K O ver the last quar ter-centur y, there have been two classes of golf announcer s: Johnny Miller and everybody else. This isn't a knock on all the other guys, merely recognition that Miller rein- vented the medium with his insight, candor and gallows humor. On February 3rd, at the final round of the Phoenix Open, an era will end when Miller, 71, signs off from NBC's 18th hole tower and struts into retirement. His lovely home in Pacific Grove beckons, and he longs to spend more time with his 24 grandchildren. "The call of being there for my grandkids to teach them how to golf and fish, I felt it was a higher calling," Miller said in making his announcement. "Their parents are tr ying to make a living and grandparents can be there like Johnny Miller smiles while providing commentary for NBC Golf Channel during the final round of the Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard at Bay Hill Club and Lodge on March 20, 2016, in Orlando, Florida. Photo: 2016 Cy Cyr/PGA Tour

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