How much better does he want to be?
Miller thinks about that.
"As good as I can be," he says slowly, "without sacrificing my family for it."
There is also a question that arises because of his low-key manner. How fierce a competitor is he? Is he, deep down, the "killer" that people consider Jack Nicklaus, Lee Trevino, Tom Weiskopf or Lanny Wadkins to be?
"Today," he says, "if we all go out and play as well as we can play, Jack will win. If we all play head to head, Trevino will win. Tom has everything but he tries to take his game beyond the human maximum. Lanny just wants to beat your brains out for three cents."
"I want to keep on winning for a long time. I want to be a great player now, of course, but I want to be a great player 15 years from now. That's why I decided a long time ago not to let myself get too high or too low. I don't even like to laugh at other people's jokes. I expect a lot of myself, by the way, because I've always been a leader. In Boy Scouts, in my church, with friends, whatever. I don't know why."
Miller confesses he is striving to become a California model of Nicklaus.
"Jack doesn't hit it that much better than most of us except in the power zone. But he's a thinker. The best."
And Johnny Miller is fascinated with what is happening to Johnny Miller. He is observing himself as he observes others on the tour.