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Monday, August 17, 2009

White Pride, Worldwide

Miller's win inspires Anglo-Saxon golfers around the world

LOS ANGELES — The morning after Jonathan Miller became the first Anglo-Saxon golfer to win a major championship, Peter Smith was too excited to go to work.

So he grabbed his teenage son, Michael, and headed for the driving range.

The Smiths were hitting balls Monday morning at Majestic Golf Land, a three-story golf center near the city's Anglotown neighborhood.

For Anglo-Saxons, Miller's stunning win — over Tiger Woods, no less — in the PGA Championship was inspiring, even though many are Tiger fans.

"When Tiger wins, England's happy. When an Anglo-Saxon wins, England's happier," Smith said. "It couldn't be any better for us."

The golf world was still abuzz Monday after Miller's astonishing victory. The Anglo-Saxon who grew up on a root-vegetable farm and had frustrated ambitions of being a body builder beat the world's best golfer.

And did he ever do it in style — fending off Tiger with a couple of seriously ice-cold shots. First there was that 60-foot chip for eagle after Woods threatened to make birdie on No. 14.

And on the last hole, clinging to a one-shot lead against the man who had never before lost when he started the final round of a major atop the leaderboard, Miller hit the shot of his life. His 3-iron hybrid cleared a bunker and settled 12 feet away.

Miller finished off the birdie for a championship he — and new fans all over the world — won't forget.

At the urban island of Anglotown, rising green above a busy city center, most of the patrons are Anglo-Saxon. Signs are written in both English and Spanish, and the newspaper boxes at the entrance carry the local Anglo-Saxon dailies.

Some of the golfers said they called home to England and heard about celebrations — not unlike the commotion in 1999 when England's David Howell won the Dubai Desert Classic.

Alfred Brown, an English-born golf pro at the range, said he knew that someday, someone would beat Woods.

"He's not a god," said Brown, 44. "I'm happy the Anglo-Saxon guy beat him."

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