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_ “Johnny Miller saying today I wasn’t a good ball striker I guess I do all right for a duffer then. He talks such (nonsense) at times.”

_ “I will have to try and win a couple of majors like him and see if I can change his mind until then I’m happy being an overrated duffer.”

Then came another tweet, with Poulter suggesting that Miller “choke on this.” He included a link to the European Tour website that showed Poulter at No. 2 in the greens in regulation.

The last laugh?

Not really.

Poulter has played only 12 rounds on the European Tour. In 49 rounds on the PGA Tour, he ranks 171st.

“Everybody wants to be praised,” Miller said, explaining why players seem to have such thin skin. “You can’t say every shot is great. If a player gets four compliments and one criticism, they don’t remember the positive stuff I say. I’ve never had a player say, ‘Thanks for saying I was a heck of a sand play.’ My announcing is real.”

Miller says he has been that way his entire career _ on the course and in the booth.

He wonders if blunt criticism of himself as a player kept him from winning more than 25 times, along with two majors. One of those majors was the 1973 U.S. Open at Oakmont, which everyone knows about because Miller always talks about it. He was the first player to shoot 63 in a major.

“I was tough on myself, maybe to a fault,” Miller said. “And maybe I was too complimentary and too cocky when I had it going. I’m very honest. I’m not bragging. That’s just the way I am. I would be the first one to tell you I was choking. I also would be the first one to tell you how great I was playing.”

Miller realizes he has annoyed players. That’s OK. He is a peer on the golf course. He’s not a friend in the booth.

“There’s a certain respect I give them and they give me,” he said. “They know I have a good record and I know what I’m talking about. It’s not my job to be overly chummy. But nobody on tour shuns me. If I see someone coming, I don’t have to make a hard left.”

That doesn’t mean he’s afraid to apologize.

He ran into Leonard in Dallas a few weeks after that 1999 Ryder Cup, and Miller told him he went over the line. Johnny being Johnny, he’s starting to wonder if his criticism is now a badge of honor.

Remember, the day after Miller said Leonard should have stayed home, the Texan won the decisive match by making one of the most famous shots in Ryder Cup history, a 45-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole. And not long after his criticism of Parry’s swing at Doral, the Australian holed a 6-iron for eagle to win in a sudden-death playoff.

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