In golf’s modern era, it’s commonly understood that no player has ever achieved the brief but memorable brilliance of Johnny Miller.
In 1974 and 1975, Miller won 12 tournaments. More important than the number of the victories was the manner in which they were achieved, for during this streak Miller hit the ball consistently closer to the flag than any player in history. At his best, Miller’s game was marked by incredibly aggressive and equally accurate iron play.
Miller won five of the first 11 events of 1974 and later three more. The next year, he won four. At the Phoenix Open he shot 260 to win by 14. The next week at the Dean Martin Tucson Open, he closed with a 61 to win by nine.
“It was sort of golfing nirvana,” Miller said later. “I’d say my average iron shot for three months in 1975 was within five feet of my line, and I had the means for controlling distance. I could feel the shot so well.”