2014 U.S. Open Championship

June 25th, 2014  |  Published in Front Page, Golf, Noteworthy  |  2 Comments

Once again I was fortunate enough to be invited to cover the United States Open Championship for the United States Golf Association. Some of my favorite images are below.


Working an open for the sport’s governing body is a lot different from shooting editorially; the days are long (typical ones run from 5:30 a.m. until after 10 at night, for a week straight) and the assignments varied–everything from straight action to more corporate/PR-style shoots, from branding-intensive, detail-oriented shooting to documentary behind-the scenes work. But I always enjoy the opportunity to try and pull out everything in my bag of tricks, and to work with a great bunch of people. We had a team of 7 photographers, including USGA US Open vets Michael “Sparky” Cohen, Steve Gibbons, Jonathan Kolbe, Hunter Martin, and, in the first time I can ever refer to him as a rookie about anything (so I’m going to take advantage of the opportunity), Fred Vuich.

Special thanks go out to John Mummert at the USGA for hiring me on to shoot, our fantastic editing team of Porter Binks, Jessica Foster, Chris Keane, Matt Sullivan, and Mike Zacchino for putting up with me and my voice captions, and to Diana Bowe at Canon Professional Services for lending me a new 400 2.8 for the week, sparing my back and left shoulder the prospect of lugging my old, heavy beast of a 400 2.8 L-II around for two straight weeks, as the US Women’s Open would follow immediately on the heels of this championship.

But that’s another post for another day…

Mark Wilson places the hole flag at the practice green during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, June 9, 2014.   (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Mark Wilson replaces a flag at the practice green Wednesday evening, the day before the start of championship play. (Leica M240, Summilux-M 75mm f1.4).

Tees at the starter's table during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Tees at the starter's table prior the first tee time on Thursday morning. (Canon 1DX, EF 24-70mm f2.8 LII)

Jim Furyk lines up a putt on the third hole during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Jim Furyk surveys a putt at the third green (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm 2.8 IS-LII).

Adam Scott at the 18th Hole during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Adam Scott waits to putt at the 18th Hole during the third round (Canon 1DX, EF 24-70mm f2.8 LII).

Adam Scott tees off at teh third hole during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Adam Scott tees off at the third hole during the third round (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS-LII).

Ernie Els hits his tee shot on the 18th tee during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Friday, June 13, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Ernie Els hits his tee shot at the 18th during the second round (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS-LII).

Rickie Fowler hits his second shot on the 11th hole during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Rickie Fowler blasts his second shot out of what some Scots I know would affectionately refer to as 'the shite' on the 11th hole during the final round (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS-LII).

Bubba Watson during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Friday, June 13, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Masters champion Bubba Watson missed the cut, partly because this birdie attempt at 13 on Friday didn't fall... (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS-LII)

Pablo Larrazabal, right, along with his caddie, Chris Rice, Erik Compton and Scott Langley look for his ball on the 13th hole during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Friday, June 13, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

...as did Pablo Larrazabal, who needed help finding his ball in the tall stuff from his his caddie, Chris Rice, and playing partners Erik Compton and Scott Langley at the the 13th during the second round (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f 2.8 IS-LII).

Ryan Moore reacts to his missed birdie putt on the 15th hole during the second round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Friday, June 13, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Ryan Moore expressed a frustration felt by many on Pinehurst's difficult greens during the second round (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS-LII).

Matt Kuchar during the first round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Thursday, June 12, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Matt Kuchar peeks out of a bunker to watch his second shot at the sixth hole during the first round (Canon 1DX, EF 400mm f2.8 IS-LII).

Flag at the 13th hole during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, June 9, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Players at the 13th hole during Monday's practice round (Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS-LII).

Chevron Stem Zone during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Shifting gears for a minute, a young girl works with an experiment in the Chevron Stem Zone sponsor tent on Tuesday (Canon 1DX, EF 24-70mm f2.8 L-II).

Children at a putting green during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Tuesday, June 10, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Kids enjoying the Thistle Dhu putting green, built by the USGA adjacent to the 13th green. (Canon 1DX, EF 24-70mm f 2.8 L-II).)

A member of the maintenance staff hand waters a green during a practice round before the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Monday, June 9, 2014.   (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Hand-watering the practice green on Tuesday evening. (Leica M240, Summilux-M 50mm f1.4).

USGA agronomist Chris Hartwiger uses a Stimpmeter while setting up the course for the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

One of my favorite US Open traditions is my annual trip out early with the setup crew before the final round on Sunday morning. In addition to giving me an idea of how the holes will play and how I need to position myself when it comes to tee and hole locations, it's also just a nice, relaxing way to start what I know is going to be a hectic, intense day. Here, USGA agronomist Chris Hartwiger is out before dawn to measure the speed of the first green with a Stimpmeter (Leica M240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric).

during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

And in case you were wondering what some of those green speeds were... (Leica M240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric).

Detail photo of a hole being cut into a green during course setup before the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

The guys on the maintenance staff who cut the holes take the job very seriously--and are quite the perfectionists (Leica M240, Elmarit 21mm f2.8 Aspheric).

during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Cutting the hole at the fifth green, (Leica M240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric).

Cutting the hole at the 18th green prior to the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Getting ready to place the flagstick at 18 after cutting the last hole of the day. (Leica M240, Elmarit 21mm f2.8 Aspheric).

Martin Kaymer walks to the first tee prior to the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Eventual champion Martin Kaymer on his way to the first tee prior to the final round (Canon 1DX, EF 24-70mm f2.8 LII).

Martin Kaymer at the 18th hole during the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Martin Kaymer acknowledges the gallery at the 18th hole after winning the 2014 U.S. Open (Canon 1DX, EF 70-200mm f2.8 IS-LII).

U.S. Open Champion Martin Kaymer rests for a moment with the trophy after the final round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Sunday, June 15, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Martin Kaymer in the locker room with the champion's trophy after the final round (Leica M240, Summilux 35mm f1.4 Aspheric).

Sunlight peeks through the scoreboard during the third round of the 2014 U.S. Open at Pinehurst Resort & C.C. in Village of Pinehurst, N.C. on Saturday, June 14, 2014.  (Copyright USGA/Darren Carroll) (Darren Carroll/USGA Museum)

Sunset behind the scoreboard at the 18th (Canon 1DX, EF 70-200,, f2.8 IS-LII).

Responses

  1. Joe Faraoni says:

    June 26th, 2014at 12:50 pm(#)

    I know those long days. Not golf but I know how they go.
    Love these posts, Darren. Images are great.

  2. 2014 U.S. Open Championship – by Darren Carroll | The Photo Brigade says:

    June 28th, 2014at 9:29 am(#)

    [...] reading and see more photos on Darren’s blog. Rickie Fowler blasts his second shot out of what some Scots I know would affectionately refer to [...]


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