Best of the Masters

Phil Mickeson shares moment with wife Amy after his victory off the 18th green. (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)


I have to say that I am glad the first golf major of the year is over. Not only because the blisters on my feet are starting to heal from all the walking I did during the week, but also a great champion and role model slipped into the green jacket on Sunday. With all the attention that the Tiger fiasco drew the last five months, Phil Mickelson’s third Master’s victory is great for the sport. A family man who’s wife and mother have recently gone through battles with cancer, one couldn’t help but get emotional during his acceptance speech and feel happy for the guy. Good showings by Westwood, Choi, Couples and even the Tiger made for load roars on the back nine on the weekend. Here are a my favorite pics from this Masters I’ve shot for GolfWorld, which has been nothing short of a blast. Special thanks to Director of Photography Christian Iooss and Senior Photographers Dom Fuore, Steve Sjzurlei, and J.D. Cuban for having me as part of their team once again, and to super assistant Danny Pond who tirelessly helped me throughout the week without complaint.

Phil with Bones after his winning putt (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Phil Mickelson reacts to his winning putt on the 18th green. (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)
2009 Champ Angel Cabrerra passes the jacket to 2010 Champ Phil Mickelson (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Phil Mickelson shows some emotion during his acceptance speech (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)
Phil Mickelson reacts to gallery (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Phil out of the green rough on 18 (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)
Tiger Woods looks on the 2nd green (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)
Tiger reacts to tee shot on 4 (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods silly on the 14th tee (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods walks along the gallery (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger hits off the 1st fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods hits off the 8th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger out of the bunker on 4th (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger out of the rough on 8th (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger acknowledges Football Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith inside the ropes (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)
Ian Poulter hits out of the 18th (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Mower parade (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger and Steve Williams walk the 2nd fairway through the shadows (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods hits off the 14th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Phil Mickelson tees off the 15th hole on Championship Sunday en route to his victory (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Anthony Kim hits off the 14th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods reacts to a poor approach shot on the 15th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Fred Couples out of the bunker on 10th green (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods hits out of the rough on the 11th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods with his new shades on the 2nd fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Tiger Woods hits off the 5th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Lee Westwood hits off the 15th fairway (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Jack Nicklaus signs autographs during the Par 3 tournament (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Phil Mickelson watches his shot off the 14th fairway on Sunday (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Leaderboard detail (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Scenic on 13th green (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Scenic of Clubhouse at daybreak (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Westwood tees off admist the trees on 17 (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Augusta litter patrol (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

16th green (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Fans enter the gates at 8am (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Par 3 Tournemant (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Gary Player during the Par 3 (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Arnold Palmer walks through the flowers during the Par 3 (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Front Gate Magnolia Ave Police Guard (Photo by Donald Miralle/GolfWorld)

Comments

  1. Once again, great work. I love the fact that you don’t shoot the obvious but instead are always looking for other angles and ways to tell the story. Your images always provide the best seat in the house.
    thanks
    jj

  2. Golf in your eyes is a funny sport.
    Congrat

    D.

  3. Wonderful stuff! That shot of Phil & Amy is amazing. I can’t imagine what it took to get in that position. Would love it if you talked about some of the equipment you took or walked with as you moved around the course. Thanks for the recap!!

    • Thanks Joe – For that image of Phil and Amy I actually totally walked into the scrum by accident. Half of the photographers rushed to get a spot at the jacket presentation and the other half were hovering outside the scorer’s official booth waiting for Phil to come out. I was trying to avoid the gallery and walked by just as Phil came out and hugged his coach and then Amy and his family. I had the wrong lens on (24-105) rather than something a little wider and hail-married the shot with my 5D on liveview. Got one that worked and cropped it a little to get rid of the busy background elements on the left and right. In regards to the gear, after shooting some feature stuff the first practice round with my Toyo 4X5 field camera, I put that away for my 400/2.8 with a body, 70-200/2.8 with body and a 24-105/F4 on a 5D. In my fanny pack I carried a 14mm and a flash as well just in case.

  4. Nice stuff 🙂

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