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Sundays Ryder Cup start in rain delay Monday finish assured

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NEWPORT, Wales – As the clock struck the scheduled start of play Sunday at the Ryder Cup, rain pelted down on Celtic Manor.

The driving range looked like a chain of connecting lakes. A small river ran down the middle of the 18th fairway. There were giant puddles on the 18th green.

The scheduled 7:45 a.m. local time start of play (2:45 a.m. ET) has been pushed back to at least noon (7 a.m. ET). A further announcement and decision on the start of play will be made at 11 a.m. (6 a.m. ET).

It means this Ryder Cup's finish will be pushed to Monday.

No matter how much rain continues to fall, the Ryder Cup must end no later than sunset on Monday (6:43 p.m.) by captain’s agreement. Any matches that have not been completed at that time will be declared halved. The score at that time will be recorded as the final result.

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