Despite the best efforts of the greenkeepers, play was suspended (Getty Images)
Rain stops play at Celtic Manor
Play was suspended at The Celtic Manor Resort two hours into the first session because of heavy rain, marking the first time a Ryder Cup has had to be temporarily stopped since 1997 at Valderrama.
Sarah Gwynn, European Tour Editorial Staff
Having rained throughout the night and all morning, The Twenty Ten Course was under enough water for officials to suspend play and bring in the players.
John Paramor, Chief Referee of The European Tour, said: “Being matchplay, we leave a lot up to the players themselves. They were continuing but it got to such a stage where even with all the resources we have here it was just too much. We were fighting an uphill battle. We were hoping for a break in the weather, it was there for a few minutes, but unfortunately those lovely breaks filled in and it's turned out to be pretty strong rain again.
“It's a very strong storm system that is affecting us and it can change but we are looking at early afternoon to start again. That is the indication. We will be looking at possibly playing on Sunday morning now and we have the ability to go to Monday, but hopefully the weather will improve and we can get going again.”
At the time play was suspended, Lee Westwood and Martin Kaymer were two up after five holes against Phil Mickelson and Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell were one up against Stewart Cink and Matt Kuchar after four, Ian Poulter and Ross Fisher were one up against Steve Stricker and Tiger Woods after three, and Luke Donald and Padraig Harrington were two down to Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton after two.