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Carmel Magazine, Winter-Spring 2019

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round 63 to win the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont, his only swing thought was, "Don't shank!" because he was still haunted by a hosel- rocket that occurred at the Crosby Clambake earlier that year. But most of his Pebble Beach memories are rosier. Miller grew up in San Francisco, honing his game at the Olympic Club. He often talked his dad into bringing him to Pebble and he fell in love with the course. The tiny greens brought out the best in maybe the greatest iron player of all time, and Miller would go on to win three Crosby Clambakes. The final victory of his career came at Pebble Beach in 1994, when he was a 46- year-old par t-time golfer haunted by the yips. But this crafty veteran adroitly navigated his way around Pebble and in a riveting duel, nipped Tom Watson, an old rival. For all of his alpha male energy, Miller was never afraid to show his emotions, and he cried like a baby after that victory. In the years since, he has gotten choked up plenty of times on the air. Saying goodbye won't be easy. But Miller can leave the broadcast booth content with the knowledge that no one has ever done it better. 116 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • W I N T E R 2 0 1 9 Johnny Miller is retiring from his legendary career as NBC Sports' lead golf announcer after almost 20 years to spend time with his wife and 24 grandchildren. Photo: PA Images /Alamy Stock Photo

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