Johnny Miller's 'Mickelson at Winged Foot' comparisons to Tiger at Doral is Busch league
Did anyone else catch NBC color guy Johnny Miller idiotically mentioning Phil Mickelson’s Winged Foot collapse while Tiger pitched down the 18th fairway en route to his win at Doral Sunday?
Talk about a Busch League comparison. The two events really couldn’t have been more different. Shame on Johnny.
Aside from the well-known FACT Tiger doesn’t blow Sunday leads, especially three shots on the last hole, this wasn’t a major championship and won’t even be discussed a month from now.
Also, Tiger’s safe play led to a bogey. If Phil would have hit iron, laid up and bogeyed the 18th, he would have lost the lead and entered a playoff and his 72nd hold would still have been dubbed a “choke".
Miller may as well have compared Tiger to Jean Van de Velde’s Carnoustie collapse in 1999.
I know when Tiger is leading all day on Sunday, it can be difficult for announcers to keep viewers on edge. But trying to force Winged Foot into the situation was uncalled for - moreso than Sergio Garcia’s saliva.
Poor Phil. The guy has won three majors, but he keeps having to go on the defensive. His self-written article explaining Winged Foot in ESPN: The Magazine, while insightful, was completely unnecessary. Since when must athletes explain themselves at length when they fail? Is Mike Kryzewski going to write 2000 words on his team’s first round exit for the next issue? Maybe Kobe should explain to us at length why he couldn’t get 50 five straight times. Maybe Tony Larussa could explain to us all why he got a DUI at spring training last week.
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The other "typical Johnny" remark about Tiger that day was that "He is the complete package. The only thing missing in Tiger is a driver that hits the fairway". When asked by his collegue "if that was a bit picky" he says "No, it's true". He had a chance to make it right and wasn't even decent enough to do that.
Getting rid of Curtis was good but having Johnny as a replacement is bad for NBC who worked hard to get the PGA TOUR on board. I have learned to turn off the volume. It makes it feel more like being there instead of the constant vicious ramblings of a has been who only was somebody for a very short time. Then again, maybe that's why he does it. Bitterness shows.
And no, that's not a misspelling. It's "Willie K" speak. Maybe I'll start an online dictionary and validate myself.