Wig wearing South Africans win at Presidents Cup

Fri Oct 4, 2013 8:08am EDT
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By Julian Linden

DUBLIN, Ohio (Reuters) - Not even a visit to an overzealous barber could stop Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel from winning one of the key match-ups on the opening day of the Presidents Cup on Thursday.

The two South Africans got more than they expected when they paid a visit to an on-course hairdresser at Muirfield Village Golf Club before the competition began, emerging with their hair completely shorn.

When they returned to the course on Thursday, they were finally beginning to see the funny side of it, arriving at the first tee wearing big curly wigs, which Oosthuizen's wife had bought at a local shop.

"Everyone knows about the funny haircut we had and the experience we had, so I thought it would be a good thing to show everyone that we actually love to wear some wigs," Oosthuizen explained.

They removed their rugs before playing their opening shots and then it was back to business as they took on the American pairing of Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in one of the glamour match-ups.

The Americans, who proved an instant hit when they teamed up together at last year's Ryder Cup, made a flying start and were two up through seven holes.

But the South Africans quickly reeled them in, winning three of the next four holes and going on to win win 2&1.

"I think we did proper better-ball," said Oosthuizen, the 2010 British Open champion. "When he was out of the hole, I played well. When I was out of it, he hit some amazing shots."   Continued...

International team member Charl Schwartzel of South Africa greets fans on the first tee during the opening Four-ball matches for the 2013 Presidents Cup golf tournament at Muirfield Village Golf Club in Dublin, Ohio October 3, 2013. REUTERS/Jeff Haynes