Johnny Miller to retire as NBC's lead golf analyst, will be replaced by Paul Azinger

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Former U.S. Open champion Johnny Miller (Getty Images)

Johnny Miller is retiring as NBC’s lead golf analyst and will be replaced by Paul Azinger, according to a report by Golfweek.com.

His last tournament will be the 2019 Waste Management Open, which concludes Feb. 3.

Miller, 71, had spent 29 years in the high-profile role for the network. The former PGA star, who won 35 tournaments and two majors on tour, said recently he was tired of the travel.

“It’s been 50 years on the road, and part of me is saying, ‘That’s enough,’” Miller said during media day at the recent Safeway Open.

“It just seemed like a nice round number,” Miller told GolfDigest.com on Monday. “I’ve been on for 50 years with no break. I had my 24th grandchild yesterday. All my friends were retiring and it got to the point where I was like, ‘Hey, how come I’m not retiring?’ It’s been a great run. I’ve done everything I can do announcing wise.”

Miller has plenty of ardent fans, but his extreme candor in criticizing players, courses and other aspects of the game also made him a polarizing figure in the booth.