Americans scramble for new rain gear


NEWPORT, Wales – Is American Ryder Cup captain Corey Pavin now 2 down in his responsibilities?

At the request of American players, PGA of America officials just used one of their corporate credit cards to purchase alternate rain gear from the Ryder Cup merchandise tent during Friday’s rain delay so that players and caddies could use them when the suspension of play is lifted.

Players were reported to be grumbling about problems with the rain gear assigned to them. Notably, Tiger Woods took off his rain top to hit his first tee shot even though rain was beginning to fall hard by the time he teed it up in the third game.

'We were disappointed with the performance of them and we just fixed it,' Pavin told ESPN and Sky Sports.

Pavin’s wife, Lisa, coordinated player attire with Corey’s approval. The PGA of America oversees and guides the captain in his decisions. The new rain gear purchased in the merchandise tent reportedly doesn't all match. The rain gear assigned to players by the Pavins was heavily stitched, which can compromise a fabric and create leaks.

Europe's Ian Poulter was asked what he thought about the Americans having to scramble for new rain gear.

'Ours is keeping us nice and dry,' Poulter said. 'That's all I'm going to say.'

Europe's Rory McIlroy weighed in on Twitter.

'Just have to say our water proofs are performing well,' McIlroy tweeted.

It hardly comes as a surprise that it's raining in Wales at this Ryder Cup. It's been predicted to be a factor in this competition ever since Celtic Manor was announced as a Ryder Cup site seven years ago.

European captain Colin Montgomerie declared the Euros 1 up after Pavin forgot to introduce Stewart Cink in the opening ceremony.

The rain gear assigned to the Americans was made by Sun Mountain. The new gear purchased in the merchandise center was made by ProQuip.