December 05, 2017

2017 Genesis Open: a story in photos

Photography can help a moment come to life. Looking back at the 2017 Genesis Open, TGR Live photographer J.D. Cuban captured the essence of the tournament. Look back at his recap of the historic event at The Riviera Country Club.


Cuban: When I first saw this fan during Wednesday’s Pro-Am, I thought ‘why doesn’t she just wear a hat?’  That umbrella – if you can call it that – was so small.



Cuban: Rumor has it that, some years ago, a few parrots escaped from a pet store in Malibu and took up residency at Riviera. Their occasional shrieks echoing throughout the canyon reminds me how fortunate we are to be outdoors doing what we do.


End of the day…

Cuban: At the end of the day and with light dropping fast, moments like these get photographer’s adrenaline pumping. They don’t last long – maybe 1 to 2 minutes – and you had better be quick and often lucky to be in the right place at the right time. The first is a player and caddie walking up towards the 2nd green.  The second is a beautiful sycamore tree next to the 12th green.


Tippy toes

Cuban: Justin Thomas on his toes blasts his tee shot on the 9th hole with Riviera’s clubhouse as the backdrop. The line of fans with just their heads illuminated by the sun as well as the tree help with the lines in the photograph. And just as important as all that is, Justin’s orange shirt gives focus and helps make the entire image pop.


Riviera’s first tee

Cuban: Riviera Country Club’s iconic clubhouse dotted with fans watching Dustin Johnson’s tee shot on the first hole. It’s a simple yet classic image. Puffy clouds and blue skies didn’t hurt either.


All eyes on the ball

Cuban: As Dustin provided drama down the stretch en route to victory on Sunday, fans were eager to follow and witness from up close. Except for the child in the yellow jacket who seems to be saying ‘the suspense is killing me, I can’t watch.’


To the victor go the spoils

Cuban: Dustin Johnson’s son gets playful during the trophy presentation which elicits smiles from everyone – especially his champion dad. An innocent and funny moment.


J.D. Cuban is a professional photographer having worked in the golf industry for nearly 20 years and has worked with TGR Live to document the Genesis Open, Quicken Loans National, Hero World Challenge and other events that benefit the Tiger Woods Foundation.