July 4 2013
Johnson Wagner shot a first-round 62 after shaving his moustache. (Trotman/Getty Images)
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS, W. Va. -- There were those who thought Johnson Wagner bore a striking resemblence to Tom Selleck in his "Magnum P.I." days.
Particularly after Wagner won the won the 2012 Sony Open in Hawaii sporting that thick black moustache. Making the comparision even more interesting? The TV character, who was a private investigator, lived on the island of Oahu, where the real-life tournament is played.
Wagner had started growing the facial hair over the 2011 Christmas holidays in an attempt to change his luck -- and it did. Since what was his third PGA TOUR victory the following January, the moustache has made several other appearances and was even spotted earlier this week.
Trouble is, Wagner's wife Katie tolerates, but isn't particularly fond of the 'stache. So he decided to shave on Monday in honor of their seventh wedding anniversary.
"I didn't get her a gift, so I thought surprising her with a clean lip would suffice," Wagner said with an impish grin.
Turns out, Wagner's luck changed anyway as he shot a 62 that left the Virginia Tech product tied for the lead at The Greenbrier Classic with Tommy Gainey. The round of 8 under was just his sixth sub-70 round of the season.
And the moustache?
"It wll definitely come back at some point," Wagner said. " I love irritating my wife too much with it to let it go for too long."