By Rosemary Pollock
Miller Says He Knows What Its Like For Woods
STANFORD, CALIFORNIA -- Johnny Miller recently stood in for Tiger
Woods at a pre-scheduled Stanford news conference that found Woods
doing commercials while Miller provided some season-opening
perspectives on the state of Woods' game. "I can relate to the streak
he's been on the past couple of years," said Miller, the former U.S.
Open and British Open champion. "In 1975, I finished fourth or fifth
in L.A. and people were saying, 'What's wrong with your game?"
Miller, 53, is a 24-time PGA tour winner, an outspoken NBC golf
analyst and a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints. This years next big Pacific storm front is the AT&T Pebble
Beach National Pro-Am tournament that will be held on February 1 -4.
"Looking at Tiger this year," Miller said, "I heard him say he was
going to try to improve in every category. In '75 I got that way,
too. But right now, he's in a very interesting position, because he's
actually going to get stronger in a lot of almost non-golf things,"
Woods' current four-tournament winless streak is the longest since
Tiger went seven without a win in early 1999. "If he goes four more
events and doesn't win, he might freak out or something," Miller
joked. "It's going to be interesting." "He needs to know last year
was an amazing year.....I believe more than 50 percent that 2000 may
have been his benchmark year."
Miller will return to competition this year when he pairs up with the
former 49ers quarterback Steve Young. "The last time I played with
Steve was about eight years ago. I've never seen anybody hit it so
crooked in my life," Miller said.
Miller Fills In for AT&T Champ Woods
San Francisco CA Chronicle 16Jan01 S2
By Pat Sullivan: Chronicle Staff Writer