Johnson Wagner, who ranks 28th in the FedExCup standings, shaved off his moustache this week.
By Helen Ross, PGATOUR.COM
NORTON, Mass. — Johnson Wagner will not be confused with Tom Selleck anymore.
The mustache is gone.
So the PGA TOUR’s own “Magnum P.I.” look-a-like is no longer. Wagner’s famous upper lip is clean-shaven as of Friday after that 79 he shot on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park.Wagner
“I got tired of missing cuts,” Wagner said simply. “The mustache was originally designed to get me to the Masters, and it did it. Now it’s lost its flair for me. It’s nice to be without it.”
Wagner had stopped shaving during the Thanksgiving holiday last year. He ended up getting rid of the beard but kept the mustache — and made a deal with himself that it would stay around until he got an invite to Augusta National.
He and the ‘stache accomplished that goal early when Wagner won the Sony Open in Hawaii in his second start of the year. He nearly won the following week, too, but ended up tied for second at the Humana Challenge presented by the Clinton Foundation, one of four top-10 finishes in his first nine starts.
But Wagner, who enters the Deutsche Bank Championship ranked 28th in the FedExCup, cooled off, ironically, just before the Masters. He has missed the cut in eight of his last 15 starts, including his last two at the PGA and The Barclays.
Hence, the need for the razor on Friday — much to his wife Katie’s happiness.
“A lot of people have asked me in the last two days ‘Did your wife finally convince you to (shave),’” Wagner said. “She’s always hated it. That had no bearing on the decision but she’s very happy about it.
“It hadn’t been working for awhile. Something had to change.”
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