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It is every photojournalist’s fantasy is to become invisible like a fly on the wall when capturing images from News, Sports, Entertainment and Feature events. The Sony a9 with it’s silent, 20 frames a second capture and groundbreaking Autofocus sensor make this a reality.

On Golf course greens and press conferences to feature stories where the sound of a DSLR’s Mirror and Shutter mechanisms can distract or break up an intimate moment. The a9 is making a silent statement and finding its way into the hands of the Worlds top photojournalists and sports photographers.

I hope you enjoy these galleries containing some of my favorite images from covering sports and news events with a Sony Alpha a9.

Tigers Come Back

Tiger Woods has not won a major golf championship in five years and returning to golf from back surgery there was a significant worry he might never play tour golf again.

But despite all the setbacks, and while some will question the 79-time winners’ efforts. There are no doubts in the minds of his fans, he is always a crowd favorite where ever he plays, and the fans want more Tiger. I covered Tiger during the 100th PGA Tour Championship in Bellerive, St Louis, and the level of expectation on him to win is very high – but no one sets that level of expectation higher than Tiger himself.

He has many fans and its not just those in the galleries but the golfers he plays against. But one thing is clear, win or lose Tiger is great for the game.


20th Annual Sony Hawaiian Open

The 20th Annual Sony Open Waialae Country Club in Honolulu, Hawaii was an exciting golf tournament. Round three of the Tournament kicked off with the golfers who made the cut from the day before waking up to an errant message on their phones a missile was headed for Hawaii.


The confusion last about 38 minutes before an all-clear message was sent out calling the Alert a False Alarm and the tournament starting on time. Patton Kizzire after making a double on the first hole, reeled off eight birdies and no bogeys the rest of the way.

On the day of the Final Round of the Sony Open the Unionized Golf Channel production crews walked out on strike impacting the Tour coverage but not the tournament.

During the final round, Patton Kizzire and James Hahn finished with 17-under 263 and battled it out in a sixth playoff hole the longest playoff in tournament history at Waialae Country Club. Ultimately Patton Kizzire claimed his second PGA TOUR win this season, beating James Hahn on the 17th green as the sun began to set in Honolulu.


World Cup Alpine Lake Louise

Lake Louise hosted its first World Cup in 1980 with its inaugural downhill race. Three Canadians pushed out of the start gate that day (Steve Podborski – 4th, Ken Read – 8th, Dave Irwin – 12th). Since then, Lake Louise has hosted 19 World Cup men’s events and 26 ladies’ events. The ladies first took to the Lake Louise track in 1989.

During the Women’s events Mikaela Shiffrin won her first World Cup downhill on a course dominated by her American teammate Lindsey Vonn. Shiffrin is the reigning Olympic and world champion in slalom, but she’s proving to be a threat in speed disciplines with Saturday’s victory in just her fourth World Cup downhill race. “The biggest thing is I’m learning about the mentality to ski well in downhill and ski the way that I want to,” the 22-year-old said.

Vonn has won 14 downhill and four super-G races in Lake Louise, Alta. After crashing into the safety netting in Friday’s season-opening downhill, she tied for 12th Saturday. “I think I had a hard time trusting my knee today,” Vonn said. “It’s definitely pretty swollen and wasn’t very happy with me. I’ll go ice it now and hopefully it settles down a little bit more.”


World Gymnastics Championships

Are the World Championships for artistic gymnastics. The first edition of the championship was held in 1903, exclusively for male gymnasts. Since the tenth edition of the tournament, in 1934, women’s events are held together with men’s events. As of 2017, over sixty different editions of the championships have been staged, and over forty different countries have earned medals in both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics events. The 2017 World Championships in Montreal was one of the most exciting international competitions in recent years. The week-long competition led gymnastics fans through a flurry of emotions as they witnessed devastating injuries, surprise wins, historical performances.

Canada’s Ellie Black put up a fantastic performance in her home country. She managed to qualify to the all-around final and two event finals (vault and beam). She was also slated in to the floor final following Ragan Smith‘s injury, meaning she competed in every final except bars.Black qualified in several finals, but she walked away with an all-around silver medal, making history for Canada


US Open
The US Open Tennis Championships is by far the United States’s biggest tennis tournament, returning each year to the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in August. Players at this Grand Slam event compete for over $50 million dollars in prize money. A hard court tennis tournament dates back to 1881 to its roots as the U.S. National Championship, for which men’s singles first competed. Since 1987, the US Open has been chronologically the fourth and final tennis major comprising the Grand Slam each year; the other three are the Australian Open, the French Open and Wimbledon.

At the 2017 US Open Tennis Championships, the men’s singles tournament concluded with Rafael Nadal defeating Kevin Anderson in the final, while the women’s singles tournament concluded with Sloane Stephens defeating Madison Keys in the final.


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