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Johnny Miller on Tiger Woods 2013 PGA TOUR season: ‘I’m excited for his game’

Golf legend and current analyst Johnny Miller has never shied away from voicing his opinion on any matter, and he’s always been candid when it comes to Tiger Woods. 

That’s why for fans of the former world No. 1, the thoughts he shared with reporters via a Tuesday conference call in preparation for the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship are as encouraging as Woods’ game in recent weeks. 

“I like what he’s doing,” Miller said to the media during the call. “I think he’s definitely improved with his swing and his confidence. The way he finished in San Diego on a course he basically owns… I mean, it’s just incredible, his record there. But the way he finished, wonderful form in in one hand, but on the other hand, he won; so hard to say much negative when a guy wins.” 

Woods cruised to a convincing win at the Farmer’s Insurance Open at Torrey Pines in January en route to his record eighth career title at the historic San Diego-area course he grew up playing as a junior. This week, he will look to go 2-for-2 in his 2013 PGA TOUR season in a match play format at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in Marana, Ariz. Though he’s won the event itself three times, he has yet to hoist the winner’s trophy since the event moved to the desert. 

The win at Torrey Pines marked his 75th as a professional, and puts him within striking distance of Sam Snead’s record of 82. The game is more exciting when Woods is playing well, a sentiment that Miller echoed. 

“I’m excited for his game and how it looks this year,” Miller added. 

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Michael C. Jones is the managing editor and founder of Sports Out West and a Southern California-based sports journalist. His credits include Yahoo Sports and Bleacher Report, among others.
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