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Johnny Miller has a go at Pete Dye, Whistling Straits bunkers

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The entire golf world knows a gigantic controversy isn’t over until Johnny Miller gives his official, on-the-record opinion on the situation. So it shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that Miller finally gave his take on the Dustin Johnson ruling, and in the process, managed to blast not only Johnson, but Pete Dye and his Whistling Straits design.

“The problem really goes back to the Pete Dye design,” Miller said to Golfweek’s James Achenbach. “It (the Whistling Straits design) is over the top. I would say it to his face. He got carried away with the bunkering.

“Do you need 1,000 bunkers? No. I put about 50 on my courses (Miller has a design business). Pete’s golf course has a lot of good things about it. But the bunkering makes it almost ridiculous.”

OK, I give: What’s the difference between “ridiculous” and “almost ridiculous”? I honestly don’t know. Would a synonym for “almost ridiculous” be absurd?

It’s clear Miller’s not a fan of Whistling Straits, based on his comments from earlier today. But it’s hard not to agree with Johnny’s remarks on the number of bunkers on the course. As one writer said earlier this week, some of those bunkers on the course should have the word ‘waste’ added to them before the 2015 PGA Championship.

On a side note, I find it funny that Miller would compare his course designs and bunkering to Dye’s layouts. That’s like Dominique Wilkins critiquing Michael Jordan’s game. Sure, both are great players in their own right … but I’m pretty sure Wilkins would refrain from making any remarks on the greatest player to ever play the game.

So why even go there?

Miller also said his peace on Johnson’s two-stroke penalty, laying the blame on both the player and the caddie: “The caddie definitely should have said something,” Miller said.

As much as I tend to disagree with Johnny Miller’s opinions, I can’t disagree with him on this one. Both Johnson and his caddie, Bobby Brown, should have known better. While the bunkering on the course made it hard to decipher between a sandbox and a bunker, players and caddies should be damn sure they know where their ball is before they make a swing. You can chalk that mistake up to poor communication and judgement on both sides.

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Written by Jonathan Wall

08/18/2010 at 3:15 pm

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