The European Junior Ryder Cup team joined by Sergio Garcia, Edoardo Molinari, Ross Fisher and Rory McIlroy (Getty Images)
Players thanks fans during rain break
The rain failed to dampen spirits outside the Twenty Ten Clubhouse as Europe’s players delighted hundreds of fans by signing autographs and posing for photos.
Sarah Gwynn, European Tour Editorial Staff
The players showed their appreciation to the thousands of fans who had braved the torrential rain to stay around hoping for a break in the weather to allow play to resume.
With play suspended for much of the day as The Celtic Manor Resort came under a deluge, there was plenty of time to kill for players and spectators alike. Among those waiting outside the clubhouse was the European Junior Ryder Cup team, who have been on site following their narrow defeat to the United States at Gleneagles earlier in the week.
The youngsters had already met the teams but were delighted when Ross Fisher, Rory McIlroy, himself a Junior Ryder Cup player in 2004, Edoardo Molinari and Vice-Captain Sergio Garcia came out for a chat and a photograph with them.
North Wales golfer Amy Boulden said: “I can’t believe I got a kiss off Sergio. It has made my life. It was so great to meet the players and have our photo taken with them. It has been quite a boring day with no golf being played since first thing this morning but this has made up for it.”
Every member of the European Team took time to join the fans outside the clubhouse. Ian Poulter, Miguel Angel Jiménez and Graeme McDowell were among those who spent time walking along the length of the clubhouse where people were standing five deep to get a glimpse of the players.
Jiménez said: "These fans are fantastic and have been out here all day and their spirits have not gone down. It's the least we can do to come out here for some photos and to sign some caps and flags."
More chants of ‘olé, olé, olé, olé’ rang out, as they did on the first tee this morning when Europe made a flying start amid an electric atmosphere.
One man in the crowd handed Poulter a ten pound note for him to sign, which Poulter pocketed and walked back inside. To cat calls and cheers, Poulter then returned, grinning, and asked if he could give the man a fiver instead.
That cheer was only bettered when,at 4pm, it was announced that play would resume an hour later.