Some think that Todd could be the best of the Miller boys. He's consistent, a straight driver and a good putter. Perhaps because he's the youngest, Todd is the most determined. "Todd wants to win so bad it kills him when he doesn't," says John Jr. "I beat him by a stroke the other day and he didn't speak in the car for 15 minutes."
At this summer's Canon Cup, a Ryder Cup-style event for juniors, Todd played in the last match with his team trailing by a point. He was up against Erik Compton, the nation's top-ranked junior, their match was tied through 15 holes, and their teammates (plus Johnny and Linda) had come out to watch. Todd drained a 30-foot putt at the 16th, but Compton ran in a 25-footer to halve. Todd made a 12-foot birdie putt at the 17th to go ahead, then sank a clutch five-footer at the 18th to win the match and give his team a tie. "Everybody went crazy," Todd says. "It was exciting."
As competitive as they are, the Miller boys are close, which is good, since they share a condo near campus. They all plan to follow Dad into golf, which won't be easy. Says John Jr., "You think, I want to be as good as my dad, but you're comparing yourself to one of the top 10 or 20 players ever, an incredibly high standard you might never reach. It can be frustrating, but it helps you get the most out of your game. You're never satisfied with pretty good."
Losing doesn't sit well with the Millers. That's why Todd wants another shot at Timpanogos. When Thurmond mentions that there are other mountain trails, Todd shakes his head. "No, no, it has got to be Timpanogos," he insists. Then he grins. "We can start keeping our times."