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U.S. Ryder Cup team moves on after rainsuits fail in Welsh rain

Probably not a good day to own stock in Sun Mountain Sports, a Missoula, Mont., golf gear company. Their rainsuits failed so spectacularly that the United States Ryder Cup team had to go buy stuff...without their names on the back (shudder) as a deluge delayed Ryder Cup play in Wales and soaked the U.S. team.

lisapavin.jpg"[The raingear] didn't perform the way we would have liked it to perform," U.S. captain Corey Pavin 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."

Now the fingerpointing begins. Just who is to blame for this? Someone named Lisa Pavin selected the company and the design. Pavin...hey, isn't that the wife of the U.S. captain?

When he was appointed captain, Pavin said his wife would help select the team uniforms. "Lisa has an unlimited budget with clothing at home, so I just want to give you guys a fair warning right now about the clothing," Pavin said.

Sun Mountain issued a statement Friday afternoon:

"Sun Mountain has been designing and selling outerwear for more than two decades. We have provided rainwear to 3,000 plus PGA of America Professionals and over 150 tour players, and supplied outerwear to numerous U.S. teams, including the Walker Cup and the 2000 and 2009 Presidents Cup teams. Sun Mountain has staff on the ground at the Ryder Cup working in conjunction with the PGA of America on this issue."

By Cindy Boren  | October 1, 2010; 11:42 AM ET
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Could this be a case of a company who has an inferior product but who ponied up the most money and gave out the most freebies was selected sponsor based on those 2 points alone?

Posted by: bbmcoachk | October 1, 2010 1:04 PM | Report abuse

That's the whole principle behind some kind of bidding system and evaluation by several persons with expertise.

The wife of the U.S. Ryder Cup picks the raingear? And it fails so badly they have to go buy stuff from a store?

What's her connection to Sun Mountain Sports? Who knows? But it's hard to imagine that anyone will make a contract with that company again ... well, anyone except for an earmarking Congressman or Senator....

Posted by: JPMcC | October 1, 2010 1:11 PM | Report abuse

You shudder at the fact that their rain suits no longer have their names on them. The bigger embarassment is that all of the PGA patsies over with the team had their names on their jackets, but the caddies (2nd in importance only to the players themselves) did not. I'm glad the suits were faulty, since they looked horrible and more importantly, omitted the names of key members of the team.

Posted by: HalApenyo | October 1, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

So how do they explain their epic failure? suposedly the players were complaining about this for a while, and nothing was done. However, I am SURE that Captain Pavin will find and hold responsible the person who neglected to check the details. The question is, which Captain Pavin?

This should make a very juicy item for Feinstein. I can hardly wait.

Posted by: sparman | October 1, 2010 5:28 PM | Report abuse

My umbrella didn't work on Thursday...who is to blame? My mom who bought it for me, the umbrella and its creator or the one who made it rain...what's up with thaaaat,yah!

Lindsy Buckingham

Posted by: sdtxyz | October 1, 2010 5:53 PM | Report abuse

I just want to see Lisa Pavin out of her rain gear...meowwwww!!!

Posted by: panamared12 | October 3, 2010 1:17 AM | Report abuse

I'll bet this grabage raingear was made in China just like every other cheap product sold in the USA.

Posted by: sjp879 | October 3, 2010 9:06 AM | Report abuse

The best fabric for ANY weather condition is GORE-TEX... and the most expensive too.

Posted by: hd1968 | October 3, 2010 10:41 AM | Report abuse

The American's problem is that their 2 marquee players, Woods and Mickelson, are horrible in Ryder Cup. They'd do better if they left both of them at home.

Posted by: randysbailin | October 3, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

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