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September 11 2012

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Miller: Tiger asked me to coach him

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Johnny Miller said Tiger Woods asked him for help with his short irons early in his career.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

According to the October issue of Golf Magazine, Tiger Woods once asked Johnny Miller to be his coach.

"Not many people know this, but when Tiger had been on TOUR for two or three years, his people called and asked if I would give him lessons on short irons," Miller said in the magazine. "Jack Nicklaus told him I was the best short iron player ever -- a pretty great compliment."

Miller added that he declined because of his commitment to NBC as an announcer and a desire to spend time with his children and grandchildren.

However, if given the opportunity now, Miller said he would be interested.

"He's the guy I'd like to help most," Miller said in the story. "I've been watching him since he was in junior golf. I know all the swings he's had. I think I could help him get back to his natural swing, not the swing someone else wants him to make. I'm open to helping him."

Woods has had three coaches as a professional: Butch Harmon, who coached him until 2004, Hank Haney from 2004 until May 2010 when he quit and Sean Foley, who has been Woods’ coach since August 2010.

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