Former BYU golfer Johnny Miller was the only player elected to the PGA Tour Hall of Fame in this year's balloting, announced Thursday.
Miller, who won the U.S. Open, British Open and 24 PGA Tour titles during his career, was the only player to be named on the required 75 percent of the ballots. Miller, now a commentator for NBC Sports, was named on 79 percent of the ballots. Former U.S. Open champion Lloyd Mangrum was second in the voting with 63 percent, followed by Tom Kite , Ben Crenshaw and Greg Norman .The 49-year-old Miller starred for BYU in the mid-1960s and joined the PGA Tour in 1969. Four years later he won the U.S. Open with one of the most famous rounds in golf history, a final-round 63 at Oakmont Country Club. In 1974 he won a record eight PGA tournaments and won four more in 1975. During those two years he was considered the best player in the world.
"The nicest thing about my career is there might have been a couple of year period when I was better than Jack Nicklaus in his prime," said Miller. "It's nice to think that for awhile I might have been the best player in the world."
Besides his broadcasting and golf, Miller spends time these days as a golf course designer. His Entrada at Snow Canyon course recently opened in St. George and next year the Thanksgiving Point course in Lehi will open.
To be eligible for election into the Hall of Fame, a PGA Tour player must have at least 10 victories in approved tournaments, or at least two victories among The Players Championship, Masters Tournament, U.S. Open, British Open and PGA Championship, be at least 40 years old and have been a member of the PGA Tour for a minimum of 10 years.