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MILLER CATCHES FISH WHILE TEAM SCRAMBLES

Between holes during his fivesome's play at the Great American Indian Shootout, Johnny Miller would grab a fly-fishing rod out of his golf bag and head for the stream that cuts through the Jeremy Ranch course.

Almost immediately after casting into the stream in front of the sixth green Tuesday, Miller landed a two-pound German brown. When he arrived at the green, Miller was told his group had already made a birdie putt in the scramble format."You mean I could have fished longer?" Miller asked.

The six-hour round offered plenty more fishing delays, giving Miller a little diversion during another of the more than 40 golfing appearances he's booked this year.

The shootout is a fund-raiser for scholarships for Indian students.

Miller played with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Young, while former PGA Tour player Rod Curl, a Wintu Indian, captained another fivesome. Bob Hope, a Shootout regular, missed this year's event, citing health reasons.

Miller and Young, joined by Doug Marriott, Tom Lovell and Shootout founder Paul Ream, shot a 15-under-par 57 in the scramble to finish in a six-way tie for second place among 36 teams.

The winning team, at 18-under, was captained by Nibley Park assistant pro Rex Underwood.

Outings like Tuesday's make up about one-third of Miller's workload, the rest consisting of commentary on NBC golf telecasts and golf-course design.

"I'm a little bit busier than I want to be," Miller said between fly casts. "I'd almost like to cool it, to cut back a little."