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Golf analyst Johnny Miller's return to the desert is no choking matter

It was his very first golf tournament sitting in a booth, with not a club or ball to be found. And he didn't like it one bit.

Johnny Miller always felt at home in the Coachella Valley, where he'd been the only player to win the Bob Hope Desert Classic back-to-back, in 1975-76, and he was thrilled every year to yuk it up with the likes of Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr.

But on this particular Saturday at the Hope, in January 1990, Miller was completely out of his element on his first day of work for NBC.

"I didn't know what a teleprompter was, let alone how to use it," Miller said on the phone as he and the NBC crew prepared for a return to the...