Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Why Johnny MIller missed the Open play-off

When Johnny Miller wasn't in the booth for the Monday play-off of the U.S. Women's Open between Annika Sorenstam and Pat Hurst, some golf fans were surprised, even a little indignant. What, does Miller's NBC contract say he can blow town like that?

Now comes news that Miller bolted Newport Country Club after Sunday's night fourth round to return home to California to console his wife, Linda, because of news their nephew, a 24-year-old senior at BYU, had been killed in a climbing accident in Peru.

The nephew, Brennan Larson, who had missing since June 28, was one of three climbers whose bodies were found July 2 at the bottom of a 100-foot crevasse at Artesonraju Peak.

"The bottom line is that I could have done (the Monday telecast)," Miller told Golf Week magazine. "But I was feeling sort of screws up, to be honest with you."

Miller also said that with LPGA veteran Dottie Pepper in the booth that day, the play-off was in good hands.

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