Faulty Rain Gear, Solid European Start Part of Soggy Opening Day for US Team
Newport, Wales. In another embarrassing moment, a US Ryder Cup team drenched at Celtic Manor had to buy new rain suits from the merchandise tent during the delay on Friday because the ones they brought with them didn’t keep them dry.
“We were disappointed with the performance of them and we just fixed it,” captain Corey Pavin. “They were not doing what we wanted them to do.”
Sun Mountain supplied the American team with the rain gear — navy blue, with stripes around the arms and left leg, with last names stitched on the back above USA.
The PGA of America bought as many ProQuip rain suits as they could from the merchandise tent.
Spokesman Julius Mason said there was enough to fit only the players and caddies — tan suits for the players, red for the caddies.
He said they had Ryder Cup logos, but there was nothing to distinguish them as an American uniform.
The Americans soon became the butt of jokes during the rain delay.
Their own version of “Watergate” came one day after Pavin forgot Stewart Cink during player introductions at the opening ceremony.
And now this.
“Just seen some US waterproofs up close, they’re terrible! They feel like they retain moisture, not a good quality for waterproofs!”
Oliver Wilson, who played in the last Ryder Cup for Europe, said on Twitter.
Although play was set to resume late on Friday, the time already lost exceeded the four extra hours set aside for Sunday morning.
The biennial team competition, which began in 1927, has never needed a Monday finish.
Europe led the United States in three of the four best-ball encounters out on the early holes before the action was halted in a deluge of rain.
With more rain in the forecast for the weekend, the Ryder Cup might not be able to finish until Monday.
According to the captain’s agreement, the matches can’t go any longer.
If all 28 matches are not completed by sunset on Monday — 6:43 p.m. local time — the results of all the completed matches will stand, and any match still on the course will be declared a halve no matter what the score.