What a Difference 5 Yrs Makes for Jordan Spieth

He wasn’t brash by any means, but he had a healthy dose of southern, polite confidence. He was as firm with his handshake as he was with his putter. He was quick to bet a fellow player a single dollar for “closest to the pin” and even quicker to collect. It was all good, albeit serious, fun on the…

Cattle Pens and Prozac? My First US Open

Cattle Pens and Prozac? My First US Open

The Department of Homeland Security dog, head held high and tail straight, sniffed along the edges of the van as it entered the secure gate at the top of the hill. As the hordes of people marched seemingly in solidarity from one point to another below, I caught my first glimpse of the battlefield, an…

Off the Course: PGA Tour Champ Brandt Snedeker at Home

Most people I talk to think of sports photographers as the guys who line the football field with enormous lenses capturing key moments of action. So when I say I shoot for Sports Illustrated, I always get that strange look when I tell them I don’t shoot much action. But I love hanging out with…

East of Eden: The First Tee of Monterey County

East of Eden: The First Tee of Monterey County

East of Eden: The Kids of the First Tee of Monterey County – Images by Todd Bigelow Early in 2011 I was assigned to spend a week amid the fields that dot the central coast in Steinbeck country. It’s a familiar place for me as I’ve come to understand the lives of hard working immigrant…

Behind the Scenes with NBC Sports & Golf Channel

Behind the Scenes with NBC Sports & Golf Channel

Shooting a behind the scenes story can go one of two ways. Either you get the access needed to tell a story, or you get the runaround and get the story the subject wants you to have. It’s a dance that is played out by willing participants who understand each others role. The subject knows…

The Early Risers

The Early Risers

Pretty golf courses aren’t born that way, nor do they stay that way without tremendous effort by The Early Risers. They are the laborers who work silently and with purpose, racing against the sunrise to stay ahead of the day’s first group of golfers. Golf courses across the country owe their manicured fairways, tightly mowed…

Lorena Ochoa’s Sudden Retirement

Lorena Ochoa’s Sudden Retirement

Like most in the sports world, I was caught by surprise today at the announcement of Lorena Ochoa’s retirement. With more news to come on Friday, it’s with great hope that all is well in her world. I’ve been shooting professional sports and athletes for almost 25 yrs, the last fifteen for national publications such…