Louis and Charl look like the Mitchell brothers!

Oosthuizen and Schwartzel get buzz cuts ahead of Presidents Cup

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Thu, 3 Oct 2013

Louis and Charl look like the Mitchell brothers!

If you turn on your television screens this evening

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," Schwartzel 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 USGA might term a  "closely mown area" over the ears.

"I 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."

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 figured it would at least count toward team spirit. If it's any consolation, most of the U.S. 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 in Brookline, Mass.

WHEN you tune into day one of the Presidents Cup on Sky Sports later this evening, you'll be forgiven for thinking you're watching an episode of EastEnders.

But just before you reach for the remote and open up your Radio Times, bemused as to why the Mitchell brothers are taking on Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley in Match 3 at Muirfield Village, we can assure you that you can rest easy.

Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel, childhood friends and paired together for the Internationals in the third fourball match of the day, are sporting new haircuts - just not how they planned.

The major champions from South Africa 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.

Only the barber won 2 up.

"Louis and myself, we were guinea pigs," said Schwartzel. "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 added: "It didn't work out as well as we thought. 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."

Hang on, sorry Louis, but did you actually just say waking up and looking each other? Double beds for the Internationals it is then. Whatever floats Nick Price's boat.

Even International stalwart Ernie Els struggled to idenitfy his compatriot Schwartzel.

"I didn't even recognise Charl when I walked in the room," said the four-time major champion. "I was like, 'What the hell happened to you?' They don't even cut out hair like that in the Army back in the day."

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 in Brookline.

Who knows, maybe there will be another close shave for the skinheads this week...