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An old colleague of mine asked me today “How long has it been?”
“Twelve years ago,” I said. “I think it is almost twelve years to the day.”
I was speaking to Getty Images photographer, David Cannon, in the press facility at the U.S. Open Golf Championship. Twelve years ago, the U.S. Open at Pinehurst was the last event that I shot as a golf photographer under contract with a handful of magazines. For a variety of reasons I was ready to move on and do something else after 15 years of following professional golfers around the fairways.
With the exception of covering the PGA Tour event on Hilton Head Island three times when I worked at the local paper, I have not photographed golf since that U.S. Open in 1999.
Needless to say, returning to cover the U.S. Open is exciting and a bit of a walk down memory lane. I spent Monday checking in and having dinner with some old friends, and Wednesday I was able to catch up with many more. It was easy to remember what I liked most about traveling to twenty-some events every year. The group of photographers and writers that travel the golf circuit are top notch and fun to be around.
So after a 12 year break from covering 11 U.S. Opens, 10 PGA Championships, 4 Masters and over 300 other golf tournaments on the PGA, Sr. PGA (Champions Tour) and the LPGA Tours, I am back to shoot the U.S. Open at Congressional CC in Bethesda, MD.
I thought I would provide a running documentation of the week and I plan on posting images from each of the four days of competition. Check back here to see what I am seeing.