By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
DUBLIN, Ohio -- A half-dozen members of the International Team planned to get haircuts from a local hairstylist who was brought in Monday night at Muirfield Village.
It wasn't necessarily meant to be a moment of team bonding, but it turned into one after becoming an exercise in futility. To wit, the haircuts ceased after players saw the hatchet jobs on Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen.
"We were the guinea pigs," Schwartzel joked. "(Louis) went first and basically lost all his hair. I figured I just need a little touch-up on the sides, and I ended up losing all my hair. None of the other guys volunteered to go.
"We just wanted a haircut, and it ended up being something I probably could have done myself. Only time is going to heal this problem."
Added Oosthuizen: "It didn't work out as well as we thought. Walking into the team room last night, the two of us, we looked like we came straight out of the Army."
There was no shortage of ribbing that followed, either.
"If you started me without scissors, I knew that was not going to turn out well," said Richard Sterne. "I think it was a trick that the U.S. Team did to us, but it was funny."
What hasn't been funny to the International side has been the U.S. dominance in this event. The American team is 7-1-1 since the Presidents Cup began in 1994 and hasn't lost the competition since 1998 at Royal Melbourne.
The U.S. is again a heavy favorite this year, but the lighthearted moment from Monday should only add to what has already been a relaxed atmosphere in the team room.
Said Brendan Grace, "I tell you what, we really took the laugh out of them at the dinner."