Pieters: Tour altered head shot to get rid of curly hair


Updated: Jan. 27 at 11:25 a.m. ET:

The PGA Tour's executive vice president Ty Votaw has issued a statement admitting the mistake and putting it on the record that think Thomas Pieters has a great head of hair.

"In the standard process of prepping new headshots for broadcast TV, electronic scoreboards and other uses - which always requires a bit of retouching and color-correction - our vendor was a bit too heavy-handed in the editing of Thomas Pieters' photo. The image has been returned more closely to the original photo - although some editing is always required - and reissued to our database. We regret this sequence of events and meant no disrespect to Thomas. We think he has a great head of hair."

Original story:

If you don't know who Thomas Pieters is, you better get acquainted. You'll probably be seeing plenty of him in the near future.

The up-and-coming 23-year-old Belgian won twice on the European Tour last summer and finished runner-up to Rickie Fowler at last week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. Those are credentials good enough to make some noise on the PGA Tour, though apparently not good enough to look how he wants on its official website.

Pieters noticed some discrepancies in his official Tour headshot compared to the original photo, and posted the proof on Facebook, asking what happened to his curly hair.

And after a quick investigation, it's hard to argue with the dude. Check it out for yourself:

Guess the PGA Tour doesn't like my curly hair, so they gave me a photoshop haircut...The pic on the left is the...

Posted by Thomas Pieters on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

h/t to Golf NL

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