While it was the chance to see Nicklaus lead the Americans to their 12th victory in the World Cup that attracted the large crowds to Nueva Andalucia, most of the good golf they saw played was by Miller. He explained that he was "really up" for the tournament because he did not want to go home and hear that the good old U.S.A. would have won if Nicklaus had not been teamed with "that dog, Miller." On Friday he threw a course record 65 into things and then had a 67 on Sunday. This, largely, was all that was required for the U.S. to beat out South Africa for the Cup by six strokes. Miller was low individual at 277, three strokes ahead of Gary Player. Lu Liang-Huan, the 1972 winner from Taiwan, was tied for third with Nicklaus at 281. Taiwan finished third in the team competition, with Argentina and Spain tied for fourth and Japan sixth.
The greens at Nueva Andalucia were soft and covered with cleat marks. Miller was able to resolve this by hitting most of his shots so close to the cup that he could not miss every putt. He wound up sort of "carrying" Nicklaus, who confessed that he played a somewhat lousy tournament.
"Having Jack for a partner is a heck of an edge," Miller said. "I was playing to impress my captain. Jack was there to handle it if we needed anything."
Barrios said it better than most about the Americans. "They give everybody much nerves."