Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Iconic Photos of Famous Golfers

Sports photos often headline the news, but only a few of them make it to the status of iconic images. The photos of Bobby Orr’s famous 1970 Stanley Cup goal and Bill Buckner’s missed ground ball come immediately to mind. There are also quite a few iconic golf photos that any golfing fan will recognize immediately. If you’re looking for a special piece of golf room décor, you might check out these iconic images of famous golfers photographed in moments of triumph or play.
The Lost Bet –In 1967, Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer were snapped by golf photographer William F. Thompson as they settled up a wager at the end of a round of golf. The iconic photo was “lost” for decades because Thompson promised Palmer and Nicklaus not to sell it to the AP. It appeared for the first time in November 2006, after Thompson’s death. You can put the classic moment of golf history on your wall, complete with signatures and a museum quality frame.
Ben Hogan Golf Swing – Ben Hogan, one of history’s all time golf legends, was the model for the illustrations in Ravielli’s “Five Lessons: The Modern Fundamentals of Golf.” Photos of Ben Hogan at various points in his famous “perfect swing” create stunning photo compositions. A single photo shows the blur of the golf club, but you can also purchase the famous golf photos as a collection, with 3, 6 or even 12 photos showing Hogan’s classic form.
Bobby Jones – Robert “Bobby” Jones is another of the famed legends of golf – not only for his performance on the green, but also for what he contributed to the game off the course. Jones is the most successful amateur to ever compete on the national and international level, but he is also remembered for founding and helping design the Augusta National Golf Club and for co-founding the Masters Tournament held there each year.
Jack Nicklaus and Arnold Palmer at Laurel Valley, 1971 – The King and the Kid had a golf rivalry that spanned decades, and engendered a true friendship between the two famous golfers. The combination of tension and friendship is beautifully captured in a vintage golf photo or the pair striding across the green at the 1971 Team Championship at Laurel Valley Golf Club.
Moments of Triumph – Not all iconic shots are vintage. Some of the most famous golf photos are those of famous golfers of today celebrating their wins.  Phil Mickelson, 2013 British Open winner, raised both arms in victorious jubilation as his birdie putt on the 72nd hole hit its mark, and 2005 Masters Champion, Tiger Woods, pumping his fist in the air in triumph.
Those are just a sampling of the famous golfers you can find captured in their most memorable moments. Any golfer you know would love one of the many golf autographs and golfer photos available as a very special gift this year.

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