Severe Cup cut for Oosthuizen and Schwartzel

Tue Oct 1, 2013 7:58pm EDT
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By Mark Lamport-Stokes

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Good friends Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel can only hope that their matchplay strategy works out a lot better for the Internationals than their hairstyle plans at this week's Presidents Cup.

The two South Africans, who are likely to play together in Thursday's opening fourball matches at Muirfield Village Golf Club, ended up having virtually all their hair shaved off in error by a visiting barber on Monday night.

"It didn't work out as well as we thought," a grinning Oosthuizen told reporters after the first official day of team practice at Muirfield Village on Tuesday.

"He almost shaved everything off, and you know, walking into the team room last night, the two of us, we looked like we came straight out of the Army. And this morning, waking up and looking at each other, we just laughed."

Former British Open champion Oosthuizen, who is one of seven rookies on the Internationals team, said that six players were initially meant to have haircuts but that number swiftly dropped to two.

"Six of us that were supposed to get it but it all stopped at Charl and no one else was having it," the 30-year-old South African added. "I didn't expect it to be like that."

Asked if he had ever had his hair cut in similar fashion, Oosthuizen replied with a broad grin: "I did it actually once before, but it was planned. That one (on Monday) wasn't planned."

Oosthuizen was not even too sure what sort of haircut he and Schwartzel had initially wanted.   Continued...

Charl Schwartzel of South Africa hits out of the bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the BMW Championship golf tournament at the Conway Farms Golf Club in Lake Forest, Illinois, September 12, 2013. REUTERS/Jim Young