Thursday, July 6

New Film 'Summer of '76' Featuring Johnny Miller and Seve Ballesteros Is Coming to Golf Channel on July 18

JOHNNY MILLER. A KID NAMED SEVE. ROYAL BIRKDALE. If you love golf history, this will be good stuff. Made by Golf Channel, the "Summer of '76" will premiere on Tuesday, July 18, to coincide with Open week.

From Golf Channel (edited):
In July of 1976, America celebrated it's Bicentennial. At the same time, the golf world turned its attention to a sweltering Royal Birkdale along England's West Coast. Johnny Miller was the California golden boy, at one time appearing to be the heir apparent to Jack Nicklaus atop the sport. A fiery and charismatic Spaniard with an uncanny feel for the game, Seve Ballesteros was just 19-years-old, but well on his way to becoming the Arnold Palmer of European golf. 
In the end, Miller won the Open, Ballesteros won the hearts of fans, but the ultimate winner was professional golf.

"Winning The Open in '76 was one of fondest moments of my career," said Miller. "The course was totally burnt out. I hit 1-iron off the tee and don't remember missing one fairway the whole week with it, which was my key to winning. I hadn't heard about Seve at all, but that changed quickly when he led after the first round. He hit driver everywhere, slashing it out of places like Arnie used to do. I knew that he was going to be great, no doubt about it."

Through interviews with Miller, Tom Watson, Peter Alliss, and dozens of others, Summer of '76 recalls the excitement of seeing Ballesteros for the first time, and the brilliance summoned by Miller en route to winning the Claret Jug.

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