Tiger Woods: Johnny Miller Serves a Compliment?

Immer ChriswellCorrespondent IMay 12, 2011

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, FL - MAY 11:  Tiger Woods walks to a tee during a practice round prior to the start of THE PLAYERS Championship held at THE PLAYERS Stadium course at TPC Sawgrass on May 11, 2011 in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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While everyone else was busy going off on Tiger Woods and how he would not be in contention (a la Brandel Chamblee), famed Tiger Woods critic Johnny Miller served up a new opinion.

“I’m going to take the positive spin here. I really believe that if he has a good first round and plays a little bit like did at the British Open and sort of deals down and hits a long of stingers and just gets the ball in play... he hasn’t lost his iron game. Nobody gives him that credit. He still is a good iron player. It’s just that other things aren’t working out quite as well.”

Miller is one of the most outspoken Woods critics, and for me to read this from Miller is really a shock.

What does this mean? Either Miller feels bad for Tiger getting constantly teed off on, or he really has a belief Tiger can bring it home this weekend.

This all came after Brandel Chamblee rated it as a good chance that Woods wouldn't be a factor for Sunday. Another prediction from the man who never was in the position Miller or Woods were: inside the cut line.

Miller closed his comment saying “The bottom line is that he could be a factor. Of all the places ... this is the unlikely one, but this course is unpredictable, so you never know.”

Woods played nine holes on Tuesday, and he didn't plan on killing himself physically on Wednesday either. Needless to say, if Tiger Woods does win this week, for once, Johnny Miller will look like the good guy.