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Deluge prompts U.S. team to swap raingear

When some U.S. players became uncomfortable in their wet-weather outerwear during the deluge Friday morning, team officials purchased new rainsuits in the Ryder Cup merchandise tent.

By T.J. Auclair, PGA.com Interactive Producer

NEWPORT, Wales – The 7 hour, 15 minute rain delay that plagued Friday’s fourball matches in the 38th Ryder Cup turned into a PGA of America shopping spree on behalf of Team USA.

The U.S. team, which began the day wearing raingear by Sun Mountain issued by Captain Corey Pavin, were uncomfortable in their gear, which seemed to be absorbing water rather than repelling it -- an issue players and caddies had brought up prior to the start of the matches.

As a result, PGA of America officials ran to the merchandise tent at Celtic Manor to buy up ProQuip rain suits for players and caddies. Tan suits were purchased for the players, while red suits were purchased for the caddies. All of the suits featured the European Ryder Cup logo, and there was nothing to distinguish it as an American uniform.

“Well, we were disappointed with the performance of them [the initial rain suits], and you know, we just fixed it,” Pavin said. “They were not doing what we wanted them to do so we went out and bought some more waterproofs.”

Some players and caddies were sporting the new ProQuip gear when play resumed late in the day, but luckily it wasn’t entirely necessary since the rain stopped and the sun made a brief appearance.

 

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