Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel treated themselves to some of the amenities at the Presidents Cup when a barber came to their team room to give haircuts to half the team. The barber won 2-up.
“Louis and myself, we were guinea pigs,” Schw-artzel said. “He went first and basically lost all his hair. And then I figured I just needed a little touch-up on the sides, and I ended up losing all my hair. None of the other guys volunteered to go.”
Oosthuizen sheepishly removed his cap to show what the US Golf Association might term a “closely mown area” over the ears. “It didn’t work out as well as we thought,” Oosthuizen said. “We ended up shaving everything off. Walking into the team room last night, the two of us, we looked like we came straight out of the Army. This morning, waking up and looking at each other, we just laughed.”
The crew cut
Schwartzel’s hair was even shorter. “I didn’t even recognize Charl when I walked in the room,” Ernie Els said. “It was like, ‘What the hell happened to you?’ They don’t even cut out hair like that in the Army back in the day.”
Oosthuizen thought it would at least count toward team spirit. If it’s any consolation, most of the US team got crew cuts on the Saturday night of the 1999 Ryder Cup, and then they produced the greatest comeback in history by rallying from a 10-6 deficit at The Country Club.