My Buddy Tom said it best, “I’m glad I’m not the rain gear marketing rep for Sun Mountain this morning.”
The brutal weather experienced on the first day of the 2010 Ryder Cup has taken it’s toll on more than just the course.. After a couple of hours of non stop rain, officials from the PGA of America were dispatched to the merchandise tent at Celtic Manor to buy some new rain gear. The suits, complete with the European Team logo, set them back $6552.00 for pants and jackets.
“They absorb too much water, which means they are too heavy. The American caddies have been complaining about them all week and so have the players,” said one source inside the European camp.
“[The raingear] didn’t perform the way we would have liked it to perform,” U.S. captain Corey Pavin said, “so we’ve remedied that. …We just went out and bought the raingear, just like everybody else here who just ran out and picked up some stuff.”
That’s not embarrassing..
Ian Poulter looked delighted at seeing the Americans re-emerge in different rain gear. “I can see them on right now. Ours are keeping us nice and dry, that’s all I am going to say,” he said.
Sun Mountain Sports has been designing and selling outerwear for over 20 years. They have given rain gear to over 3,000 PGA professionals and over 150 players on the tour. They currently have people working with the PGA to resolve the issue.
All in all, it’s a minor setback that was quickly resolved and the embarrassment will only last until the morning(afternoon) matches end and then the 2010 Ryder Cup USA team will be bragging about how they not only won, but they did so wearing the European Team’s logo.