Johnny Miller: Tiger Woods asked me to coach him

Johnny Miller
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Johnny Miller, center, following Tiger Woods at the 2010 Masters.

Johnny Miller was once asked to coach Tiger Woods and turned the job down, Miller revealed in the October issue of Golf Magazine.

"Not many people know this, but when Tiger had been on Tour for two or three years, his people called and asked if I would give him lessons on short irons," Miller said. "Jack Nicklaus told him I was the best short iron play ever—a pretty great compliment."

Miller said he declined the offer because of his NBC announcing work and his desire to spend time with his children and grandchildren,

"I was tired," Miller said. "I didn't think I could give him the time he'd need, so I turned him down, which I don't think many people have done."

However, Miller said he'd be interested in the job now if Woods offered him another chance.

"He's the guy I'd like to help most," Miller said. "I've been watching him since he was in junior golf. I know all the swings he's had. I think I could help him get back to his natural swing, not the swing someone else wants him to make. I'm open to helping him."

Miller is the guest editor of the October issue of Golf Magazine, which includes "Johnny Miller: My Number 1s" (a list of Miller's choices for all-time greatest ball-striker, putter and pressure player), Miller's "Seven Lessons for a Lifetime," and an exclusive interview with Jack Nicklaus, whom Golf Magazine readers selected as the No. 1 Player of All Time.

The October issue of Golf Magazine is on newsstands now; it is also available free for subscribers on tablets at golf.com/allaccess.

 

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