Twitter has field day with Johnny Miller after Justin Thomas breaks U.S. Open record
Miller's 8 under round at the U.S. Open stood for 44 years until Thomas shot 9 under on Saturday
The golf world was thrilled Saturday when 24-year-old former Alabama golfer Justin Thomas made U.S. Open history with a 9-under 63 in the third round of the 2017 event, the lowest score relative to par in tournament history. Accomplishing that feat with an eagle on the 18th provided additional juice for Thomas. The fact that he knocked Johnny Miller out of the history books made it even sweeter for some.
Miller, who can best be described as outspoken and brash, was one of the best golfers in the world during the 1970s, in many cases second only to Jack Nicklaus. He won two majors among 25 PGA Tour events over his career, including the 1973 U.S. Open (where he shot a final-round 8-under 63 to win), and is now the lead golf analyst for NBC Sports.
One of Thomas' first thoughts after learning he broke Miller's record was that he would have loved to hear him call the eagle on 18. "Wish he was calling it -- to hear what he would've said," Thomas shared. Miller's first thought? In typical fashion, it basically amounted to a good-natured, "Great job, kid."
It is because of Miller's rough-around-the-edges personality that golf fans on Twitter had a field day with Thomas breaking his record.
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