Johnny Miller's crazy idea to help the U.S. at the Ryder Cup

Johnny Miller

Johnny Miller's crazy idea to help the U.S. at the Ryder Cup

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Johnny Miller's crazy idea to help the U.S. at the Ryder Cup

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CHASKA, Minn. — Drastic times call for drastic measures, so pardon Johnny Miller for digging deep to come up with this thought. Introduce “cold cash” to the American Ryder Cup locker room.

But the Ryder Cup is the one time these guys don’t play for prize money. Miller shrugs that off. “Probably a little dumb thing,” he conceded. “But I’m scratching at straws.”

Miller prefaced his out-of-the-box thought by saying he knows he’ll never be a captain (as with Hale Irwin and Larry Nelson, Miller never was a captain), but if he were, here’s what he’d do.

“Literally, every day you get a pay-out if you win, you put money in the pot if you lose. Cold cash.”

Miller said he’d even have a little bit of a ceremony. “Here’s the money I lost, here’s the money I won. It would be the (player’s) own money. Not huge money, but they’re used to playing for money.

“Even though they don’t need the money, they think about the money. They respond to money.”

Laugh if you will, but to support Miller’s concept, consider how Phil Mickelson, Dustin Johnson, Rickie Fowler and some of the other Americans love their “Tuesday games” and how productive they are so many times after those competitive environments.

OK, it’s still a bit crazy. But then again, so is this 2-8 run that the U.S. is on, so maybe Miller’s idea should get a try.

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