1971: Johnny Miller won his 1st PGA event at the Southern Open


Miller’s 13‐Under‐Par 267 Captures Southern Open by 5 Strokes

On this day in 1971, Johnny Miller went from promising newcomer status to that of tournament winner by winning the $100,000 Southern open golf title by five strokes. It was the first tour victory for the 24‐year‐old Miller, who had been playing the circuit for a little more than two years.

Miller carded a 67 during the final round over the 6,685‐yard, par 35, 35–70 Green Island Country Club course for a 267 total and the $20,000 first prize. Second was Deane Beman, who carded a 66 and earned $11,400.

In third place at 273 was Bobby Mitchell, who set a course record in the third round with a 62 but suffered a case of straying tee shots during the final round. He closed with a 71. In fourth place was Tommy Aaron with a 67 for 274. Frank Beard finished fifth with a 67 for 275. The group at 276 included Kim Colbert, Gay Brewer and Larry Ziegler.

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