The games continued today, and will continue tomorrow for the first time in Ryder Cup history. The Ryder Cup was supposed to end Sunday, but two long rain delays forced the competition into Monday, causing a stir from both fans and players. Because of the rain delays, many fans missed out, and officials have requested that those who missed gameplay due to rain be allowed to stay to watch the Monday games. However, the fear of overcrowding won out in the end, and only those with final-day tickets can return to the water-logged Celtic Manor to watch the deciding matches. This is sure to cause a few problems with flights and days off, so the expected fans to remain behind for Monday’s games is a low projection.
Not only will fans be missing work and appointments, but players will as well. European captain Colin Montgomerie will be missing a big corporate pay day. Golf sponsors HSBC would have been paying well into six figures for tempting the likely winning Ryder Cup captain to Turnberry in Scotland for a personal appearance today, so soon after completing his exhaustive Ryder Cup duties in Wales. But Alas, it shall not be!
And it seems that Wales itself will not be recovering fully from this rather chaotic weekend. While having the Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor may have been an excellent tourism booster, the reputation of Wales and it’s weather has taken a beaten, and general consensusis that it will not be become a popular holiday destination anytime soon.
In order to avoid this at the next Ryder Cup to be held in 2013 in Gleneagles, Scotland, organizers have received a firm commitment from the PGA Tour that future matches will be held in the last week of September in order to avoid soggy greens and frozen fans.
As for the games, the Europeans are leading the American’s by a score of 9.5 to 6.5 heading into Monday’s singles, with the Europeans winning five matches outright and halving the sixth, taking a total of 5.5 points for the third session.
Sadly, the American’s aren’t doing anywhere near as well, with Tiger woods suffering his biggest loss in Ryder Cup History, while Phil Mickelson has become the most ‘losingest’, the most prolific American loser in the 83-year history of the Ryder cup, with 17 losses.
12 more single matches are on the agenda for tomorrow morning, with only five more points making the Europeans the Ryder Cup Champions.
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It’s day two of the Ryder cup, and the games are back on!
The Ryder Cup was halted for more than seven hours Friday in the middle of fourball matches, with the Europeans taking an early lead against the rather soggy American team.
It seems the rain gear that the American team brought from the States didn’t work any better than it looked. Eventually, officials slogged over to the merchandise and bought 20 new suits with Ryder Cup logos on them — tan for the players and red for the caddies, all of them indistinguishable from the gear any fan could buy. Not a great start for our American neighbors.
However, the sun is shining today and the U.S made a startling comeback, leading the Ryder Cup 6-4 through two complete sessions. The Americans got victories from Tiger Woods and Steve Stricker and, more surprisingly, from Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton, the first American Ryder Cup rookies to win an opening session match since Andy Bean and Lee Elder managed it in 1979.
Currently, The European team is off to an early lead in the third session with current leads 3 and 2 all square.
-the team at Knetgolf.com