- September 1, 2021
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AVONDALE, La. – Cameron Smith’s mullet jumped the shark a long time ago, but his Zurich Classic partner Marc Leishman is having good fun with it this week.
Leishman already had won the week with the most fitting musical selection for their team’s walk up music to the first tee picking Jay Powell’s “The Mullet Song.” But he went next level, as the kids say, by pulling a mullet wig out of his bag at the first tee Saturday and sporting it for their player introduction.
“I guess if you pick a song like ‘The Mullet Song’ you’ve got to commit to it. Thought I’d get the mullet up and grow one quick enough. Fertilizer doesn’t quite work on hair like it does on grass,” Leishman joked. “Got a few laughs on the first tee and lightened the mood, I guess, helped our start.”
It sure did. They made birdies on four of their first five holes en route to a best-ball score of 9-under 63 and enter the final round in a tie for second, one stroke off the pace of South Africans Louis Oosthuizen and Charl Schwartzel.
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Leishman ordered the wig on Amazon on Thursday after selecting the song and it arrived on Sunday.
“I think it was $18,” he said. “I was expecting to have to pay a lot more for it actually, but I was committed to do that.”
That may be the funniest first-tee prop since Lee Trevino tossed a rubber snake at Jack Nicklaus before the start of their 18-hole playoff at the 1971 U.S. Open.
Leishman also had the honors of giving Smith a trim ahead of the tournament on Wednesday. As Smith, who first gained attention for his mullet/mustache combo at the Sony Open in Hawaii in January, explained, he wanted to clean up the sides and was heading out for a cut when Leishman said not to bother.
“Leish said, ‘I can do it, I cut my boys’ hair at home.’ So, I put faith in him, and I think he did a pretty good job,” Smith said.
.@marcleish with the mullet wig to match the real thing of teammate Cam Smith 🔥 pic.twitter.com/hduE5yPJl2
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Leishman explained that with all the barbershops near his home closed during quarantine, he served as family barber for his boys when their hair became scruffy.
“I will say I was a bit nervous the first few chunks I took out, but they turned out pretty good, so I was confident I could handle the short sides for Cam,” Leishman said.
“The lines were there. I had a barber do it last year, so all Leish had to do was like a coloring in, just don’t go outside the lines. I had a pretty good template to work with,” Smith said. “It wasn’t too tough.”
Asked if he considered buzzing off his long flowing locks in the back, Leishman laughed and said, “No, no chance.”
“No,” Smith interjected, “I would have killed him.”
Leishman initially planned to surprise Smith with the mullet wig on the first tee Saturday, but he ended up letting his partner in on the prank, and for good reason.
“I wouldn’t have been able to hit my first tee shot if he didn’t tell me, to be honest,” Smith said. “I would have been cracking up. I would have been crying probably.”
“I was thinking about hitting the first tee shot with it, but it was way too windy,” Leishman said. “There was no way I could have done it.”
Added Smith: “Now you know how I feel.”
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