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WHICH Aussie legend is sporting a full beard? What is sprawled across the Americans' head covers? And is the 7th at Woburn Golf Club cursed?

WHICH Australian legend is sporting a full beard? What is sprawled across the Americans' head covers? And is the 7th at Woburn Golf Club cursed?

Find out in this week's edition of Shotgun Start, the latest viral stories from the world of golf that you may have missed.

Is that...?

Yes, that is a heavily bearded Greg Norman.

The Shark is trekking through Kyrgyzstan and posted this photo on his Instagram this week, asking his followers whether the new look should stay or go.

"The big question is, do I keep the beard or?" wrote Norman.

The overwhelming response from his followers was 'no!'.

Giving Stick to Rick

American World Number Five Rickie Fowler posted this photo on his Instagram account this week, leaving a few of his followers to discuss how 'flat' his swing appeared.

Instead of letting it slide, this year's Players Championship and Deutsche Bank Championship winner called out the hecklers.

"We can play for money anytime you boys want... Doesn't matter what it looks like... I'm the one out here playing," wrote Fowler.

Rickie Fowler Instagram Comments

cool shot, uncool celebration

American teammates Zach Johnson and Phil Mickelson frequently opted for the 'serious handshake' celebration on the first day of the Presidents Cup in Korea, putting away the fist pumps even in the big moments.

Mickelson holed-out a beautiful bunker shot on 13 which all but sealed the point for the Americans, going the double-handshake with Johnson in what became a funny but awkward celebration.

CURSE OF THE CUP

Could the 7th hole at Woburn Golf Club in England be cursed?

Englishman Ian Poulter and Swede Mikael Lundberg both had putts that somehow didn't drop during their first rounds of the British Masters, the pair providing equally good reactions.

Quiet please

One of the most famous moments in team golf history was recreated this week by the man himself, Patrick Reed, and former US President George W. Bush.

When Reed made a birdie at Gleneagles during last year's Ryder Cup to get to all-square with Henrik Stenson, the American was eager to let the parochial crowd know what he thought.

 Reed Bush Shh

Cover to Cover

It doesn't get much more 'American' than this.

The United States team were all given personalised driver head covers with their names on them, nothing out of the ordinary - except these covers had the Declaration of Independence written all over them.

HEAD TO TOE

American Bubba Watson is taking equipment-patriotism one step further this week, sporting these shoe's from sponsor Oakley.

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