NEWPORT, Wales – Sunday’s rain delay should add a sense of urgency for the Americans to rally and Europe to keep its sweep going when the suspended third session of the Ryder Cup finally resumes.
Because if this event becomes a race against Monday’s sunset deadline to finish, there’s a nightmare scenario.
The deadline makes it vital both teams get points on the board as quickly as they can. Under the captain’s agreement that these matches must conclude at sunset (6:43 p.m. local time) on Monday, any incomplete matches when darkness falls will be halved with the score calculated at that time deemed to be the final score.
So, let’s say Europe continues to dominate this third session and takes a 10-6 lead into singles. It’s then possible the Americans rally in singles on Monday and take command in 9 of 12 matches. But when darkness falls, only nine matches are complete (6-3 in favor of the U.S.). With Americans leading in all three of the incomplete matches, they are recorded as halves. Under that scenario, Europe would win 14½ to 13½. Of course, you could flip the scenario around and Europe could be penalized. A sense of unfinished business will linger after this Ryder Cup if all 28 matches aren't completed.