Ryder Cup resumes after 7-hour rain delay
Updated at 12:03 p.m.
Ryder Cup play was resumed at 5 p.m. (noon EDT) after a 7-hour, 15-minute rain delay.
Although several fairways had been mostly underwater, crews made the course playable by 5 p.m. It would seem impossible for the four teams to finish today with sunset at 6:50 p.m.
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On ESPN, Mike Tirico had the right idea for spectators braving the wet, foggy conditions to watch the first day of Ryder Cup play in Newcastle, Wales: "They're headed someplace dry to find something wet."
Play, which began at 7:45 a.m. in Wales, was suspended after about two hours. Officials had hoped to resume play around 1:45 or 2 p.m. (8 a.m. EDT), but the forecast has deteriorated and now calls for rain to continue in the early afternoon.
"It's a shame," U.S. team captain Corey Pavin said. "Everybody wants to be out there playing ...but we'll just deal with it. We'll go up there [to the clubhouse], relax and take it easy, enjoy each other's company talk and pass the time."
The European golfers led their American counterparts in three of the day's four four-ball matches and it didn't help matters that golfers were moving like tortoises: Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton of the U.S. team were 1-up on Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington through two holes.
In the other three matches: Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were 2-up on Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson through five holes; Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were 1-up on Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar through four holes; and Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher were 1-up on Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods through three holes.
Ryder Cup matches have not been delayed by weather since 1977, at Valderrama in San Roque, Spain. The Celtic Manor's Twenty Ten course was built especially for Ryder Cup play and has a complex drainage system that allows the water to flow off quickly.
"Our people, we feel, probably need about an hour of pushing water to make it better than it was when we started," said John Paramor, the European Tour's chief referee. "So that is our goal."
But first it must stop raining. If it doesn't, today's matches will slop over to Saturday and Saturday's, in all likelihood, would ... well, you get the picture. And if play cannot be completed Sunday, the Ryder Cup would conclude on a Monday for the first time in its 83-year history. According to Paul Azinger, a former U.S. team captain, all it would take to push the event to Monday is a five-hour (total) delay and that seems likely to be accomplished today.
"We do have Monday as a contingency," Paramor said.
All the golfers can do is wait.
"I'm just trying to stay awake," Pavin joked. "It's kind of boring waiting for it to stop raining, just sitting around talking and keeping the guys loose. I really don't have much to do because they're pretty loose up there. Just waiting like everybody else."
The Gorton's fisherman look is a good one
There's really no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriately dressed people and that description fit U.S. golfers who sported snazzy, name-emblazoned #epicfail rainsuits ("waterproofs," Nick Faldo calls 'em) that seemed better suited for Dubai or Vegas.
So, Pavin said, they did the natural thing: they went shopping. "[The raingear] didn't perform the way we would have liked it to perform," he said, "so we've remedied that. ...We just went out and bought the raingear, just like everybody else here who just ran out and picked up some stuff."
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