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The Greenbrier Classic

David Bradshaw hits a sand shot at No.18 during the Greenbrier Classic Qualifier "sudden death" round against two other golfers, Garrett Osborn and Mike Van Sickle, on the Glade Springs Resort Cobb Course in Daniels, West Virginia. Despite his hang-ups, Bradshaw earned a spot to compete in the Greenbrier Classic later in the week, along with Osborn, Garland Green and Pat Newcomb. 


Here are some images from my time covering the Greenbrier Classic at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. I covered the Greenbrier Classic Open Qualifier in search of West Virginia golfers trying to make their way into the tournament, as seen in the picture above. Then I also got the chance to cover two out of the four official competition days (switching off with fellow Gazette photographers every other day) on Friday, July 3, and on the final day, Sunday, July 5. By the end of the tournament I was a sweaty, stinky mess. I spent many hours (on foot) with a load of camera gear scurrying to and from multiple holes on the golf course following golfers, whose names were continually tacked on and off the leader board. Multiple scattered rain storms forced me to slow down as I weaved in and out of spectating crowds and as I trudged through pockets of puddled water and mud. Don't worry, I took a few moments for myself in order to fully take advantage of the media food room. This was my first time covering a PGA golf tournament, and I certainly hope it's not my last. I'd like to continue learning how to make clean, intriguing images of a sport that doesn't seem to lend itself to a flurry of loud moments, like most do.

 

A view from the No.1 fairway of the tee-off area during the final day of the Greenbrier Classic at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, Sunday, July 5.

People of all ages attempt to stay dry with umbrellas, ponchos and hats as they watch Tiger Woods finish round two on the No. 18 green during the Greenbrier Classic at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, Friday, June 3. 

A volunteer stands at the No.18 hole while sporting an official PGA Tour sun-hat during the Greenbrier Classic, Friday, June 3. 

Bubba Watson at No. 17 during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic, Sunday, July 5.

A volunteer holds up a sign that says "It's Quiet Time Down South," as people watch Shawn Stefani on the No.17 green during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic, Sunday, July 5. 

Tiger Woods strategizes at No.12, which ultimately lead to him finishing the hole with a birdie, during the Greenbrier Classic, Friday, June 3. 

People walk past the grandstands set up around hole No. 18 as the clouds open up to provide some sunshine for lingering spectators during the final day of the Greenbrier Classic, Sunday, July 5.

Danny Lee strategizes as his caddie Peter Coleman (right) holds an umbrella over his head during the four-man sudden death round at the Greenbrier Classic, Sunday, July 5.  

Shawn Stefani at hole No.17 during the Greenbrier Classic, Sunday, July 5. 

Kevin Kisner reacts to a missed birdie putt on the 18th hole during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic, Sunday, July 5, 2015.

Tiger Woods bows his head as fans cheer for him at No.18 during the final round of the Greenbrier Classic at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs, Sunday, July 5. 

Danny Lee talks to Jim Nantz from CBS Sports after winning on the second hole of the four-man sudden death playoff against David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb, at the Greenbrier Classic. The South Korean-born New Zealander shot a final-round 67 to claim his first win on the PGA TOUR.

Danny Lee poses with his new trophy after winning on the second hole of the four-man sudden death playoff against David Hearn, Kevin Kisner and Robert Streb, at the Greenbrier Classic. The South Korean-born New Zealander shot a final-round 67 to claim his first win on the PGA TOUR.