October 1st, 2010
04:14 PM ET

Ryder Cup opens with 7.5-hour rain delay

A torrential downpour and a 7.5-hour rain delay were the biggest highlights from the first day of the 2010 Ryder Cup, but then again, what do you expect from a golf tournament played in Wales?

Shortly after all four groups teed off Friday morning, play was suspended due to flooded fairways, bunkers and greens. While the Twenty Ten course – a site built specifically for this tournament – has a state-of-the-art drainage system, the rain would not subside and rendered squeegees and umbrellas useless. Golf.com’s Michael Bamberger has more on the Celtic Manor course and its miserable conditions.

At the time of the stoppage, the European side led in three of the four matches and appeared much more comfortable in the aquatic conditions.

But when play resumed – nearly eight hours later – the U.S. team had dried off and regrouped from its sluggish start. Led by the hot hand of Stewart Cink and the rookie duo of Bubba Watson and Jeff Overton, the U.S. swung momentum in its way, and now holds the lead in two matches and forced another one all square.

In an attempt to wrap up the tournament by Monday, the Ryder Cup will turn in a marathon day on Saturday. If all goes as planned, the event hopes to conclude team matches Sunday morning and play the 12 singles matches that afternoon.

Play was eventually suspended Friday night due to darkness. Here’s where the fourball matches stand going into Saturday:

Phil Mickelson/Dustin Johnson vs. Lee Westwood/Martin Kaymer: EUR leads 1 up

 Stewart Cink/Matt Kuchar vs. Rory McIlroy/Graeme McDowell: U.S. leads 2 up

 Steve Stricker/Tiger Woods vs. Ian Poulter/Ross Fisher: All square.

 Jeff Overton/Bubba Watson vs. Luke Donald/Padraig Harrington: U.S. leads 1 up

Coverage begins (all times Eastern) Saturday at 2:30 a.m. on ESPN with NBC taking over the reins at 8:00 a.m.

By the numbers

28 – Points still at stake during the 2010 Ryder Cup, thanks to a tournament realignment agreed upon by both team captains. Golf.com provides all the details.

2 – Gloves worn by Phil Mickelson in Friday morning’s match, one on each hand, for the first time in his career.

5 – Of the seven last Ryder Cups have been won by the team leading after day one.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. phil

    Firsties.

    October 1, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  2. T-2000

    Rain rain go away...

    October 2, 2010 at 6:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. phil

    T-2000 is an old tennis racket isn't it?

    October 2, 2010 at 1:04 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. T-2000

    T-2000 is the most perfect human being on the face of the earth.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. T-2000

    Phil you are correct. The T-2000 was an old tennis racket used by the greats Jimmy Connors and Billie Jean King. These days it is used as one of my many aliases.

    October 3, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. T-2000

    Tiger, Tiger Woods yall. Tiger Woods.

    October 3, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. phil

    T2000, WOW! I played tennis back in HS over 30 yrs. ago, but not since. Odd how that racket is still in my head. As for Tiger, I don't appreciate him as much as I used to for some reason.

    October 3, 2010 at 11:55 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. T-2000

    Hey Phil, it could be due to Tiger not playing as good as he did just a few years back. Now that it looks like he wont break Jack's record he seems to have lost that "Superman" like quality that we all were used to seeing from him. Interesting that women ended up being his kryptonite. I personally find this current Tiger rather intriguing. All the drama in his life actually made him seem as if he were human after all and not some other worldly being sent to earth to golf and nothing else. Its almost scary how Tigers life currently mirrors Clark Kents in Superman part 2. The dissapointment and shock Lois Lanes has in her eyes after Clark gets beat up at the restaurant is the exact same look we had for Tiger after he got in trouble last year and started playing bad. The only difference is that Tiger may not get the opportunity like Clark to regain his superpowers which is such a sad ending to a great career. But hopefully, I am wrong and he gets his A game back.

    October 3, 2010 at 5:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  9. T-2000

    Sorry for the over-saturated analysis Phil. As you can see I am a huge Superman fan. I think its because to me, all men especially here in the US always have to be perfect. Perfect fathers, husbands, sons, perfect lovers, etc. If us "regular" guys go through this then I can only imagine how a Tiger or Jordan feels or Ruth in his prime.

    October 3, 2010 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Shooter McGavin

    See you losers tomorrow at 4:30 am.

    October 3, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Shooter McGavin

    4 hours to go!

    October 4, 2010 at 12:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. T-2000

    Lets go Tiger! U.S.A.

    October 4, 2010 at 7:27 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. T-2000

    Dang, Europe won.

    October 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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