Ryder Cup Delayed As Rain Turns Course Into Grown Up Version of Slip-in-Slide

Shane PattonCorrespondent IOctober 1, 2010

The 2010 Ryder Cup was stopped in the middle of the four-ball matches Friday morning because of heavy rainfall.

This was the first time since the 1997 Ryder Cup in Spain that play has been suspended.

Celtic Manor green keepers ran around with large squeegees attempting to push the water away from every putt. Both teams were waterlogged as they walked the fairways attempting to stay focused.

Eventually, there was nothing to do but halt play, as the rain finally become too much to handle.

Sir Terry Mathews, the owner of the Ryder Cup venue Celtic Manor, has no worries over the rain that hit the course Friday morning.

Sir Mathews believes his course can handle the rain, knowing that the course was designed for maximum drainage. The billionaire has reason to believe in his course after the downpour at this year's Welsh Open, where the 2010 Course held up fine.

The weather interrupted what was a good start for Team Europe, as they were leading three of the four best-ball matches when play was suspended.

The Americans started the Ryder Cup playing a bit erratic, as they missed the fairway five of their first tee shots.

The Europeans are attempting to recapture the Ryder Cup after they lost at Valhalla in 2008.

The only thing to stop their momentum at this year's Ryder Cup has been the weather.