Fox is in its third year broadcasting the U.S. Open, having taken over from NBC’s long-running coverage in 2015. That means the longstanding tradition of Johnny Miller calling the event ended as well, which was especially noticeable yesterday.
That’s because Justin Thomas shot a 63, tying the all-time U.S. Open record; one of the men who did that was Johnny Miller, who famously shot a final-round 63 to win the 1973 edition at Oakmont.
Thomas’s 63 was in the third round, so by default it wasn’t to win, but it was lower relative to par; Erin Hills plays at a par-72. Still, without Miller on the broadcast, we were deprived of his opinions on Thomas’s achievement, and forced to wonder just what line of reasoning he might take in an effort to maintain his personal fiefdom, as Miller was famous for dropping in his accomplishment at any possible moment.
We were deprived, that is, until the Golf Channel’s Ryan Lavner reached Miller for comment (which is an unnecessary qualifier, as it’s difficult to imagine a scenario on which Johnny Miller has no comment). The results were no less hilarious for their predictability:
Talked to Johnny. “9 under is incredible with #USOpen pressure, but it isn’t a US Open course that I’m familiar with the way it was set up.”
— Ryan Lavner (@RyanLavnerGC) June 17, 2017
Miller further elaborated:
“Taking nothing away from 9 under par – 9 under is incredible with U.S. Open pressure,” Miller told GolfChannel.com by phone. “But it isn’t a U.S. Open course that I’m familiar with the way it was set up.”
“It looks like a PGA Tour event course setup,” he said. “I’m not sure where the days…