PHOTOS: Fans React to Golf Headshots at 2020 Tokyo Olympics That Hilariously Resemble ‘Mughshots’

by Katie Maloney

These Olympics headshots are so bad they’re good.

Competing in the Olympics is the experience of a lifetime. And it’s what many athletes spend their entire lives training for. It’s a joyous occasion for everyone involved. However, you’d have no idea that was the case based on the golf headshots taken for the Olympics.

For whatever reason, the Olympics doesn’t allow the athletes to smile for their photos. So, instead of looking like professionally taken headshots for one of the most prestigious sporting events in the world, the photos look like they belong on a fake ID. And fans are loving it!

And we get it. It’s pretty hilarious to see clean-cut golf pros Xander Schauffele, Patrick Reed, Rory McIlroy, and Alex Noren look like they just got arrested for DUIs. And the internet is having a field day. Sean Zak, writer and assistant editor for Golf Magazine, shared photos of each of the athletes on Twitter. Along with the photos, he wrote, “It’s mandatory for Olympics credential photos to be taken without emotion, against a white background. Alex Noren looks like he’s about to crack. (plz don’t ask to see mine)

How Are Fans Reacting to Golf ‘Mugshots’ at the Olympics?

It didn’t take long for fans to jump on the ‘mugshot’ bandwagon. One fan replied,”how come Patrick reed looks about 12 and the others look about 50? Did he bribe the cameraman or something??”

Another fan wrote, “Xander looks like he was caught wearing an explosive device.”

Another fan joked, “Patrick Reed’s pic looks like it belongs on a milk carton.”

Others users couldn’t get over how young Patrick Reed looked in his photo. one fan wrote, “Benjamin Button 2: The Curious Case of Patrick Reed.”

Another user commented, “PReed looks like a cherub.”

In conclusion, these golf headshots certainly win gold for most hilarious accident during the games.

Patrick Reed Gets Last Minute Call To Compete

If anyone has an excuse as to why their headshot looks like a jet-lagged passport photo, it’s Patrick Reed. Reed was not originally slated to compete in the Olympics. However, he was called up last minute after Bryson DeChambeau tested positive for Covid-19.

Reed arrived in Toyko on Wednesday and teed up on Thursday. He didn’t even have time for a practice round. Nevertheless, Reed was confident going into the competition. During an interview before competing, Reed talked about his strategy.

“These days with how good yardage books are and with how much we have to kind of figure things out on the fly as it is, I expect to go in there and play well and be able to manage the golf course and hit the golf shots.”

Also known as Captain America by fans, Reed said that he was honored to be called up to the Olympics.

“When they gave me the name Captain America, the fans did, it feels like an obligation and a duty of mine to go out and play for our country whenever I can and whenever I get the call,” said Reed. “I look forward to going over there and playing.”