- Title: UK: GOLF: Ryder Cup set for Monday finish after rain returns
- Date: 4th October 2010
- Summary: (SOUNDBITE) (English) RYDER CUP METEOROLOGIST MIKE MCCLELLAN SAYING: "We have had 12.8 mm of rain since 3.45 this morning. So that particular rain has caused the golf course to become unplayable obviously and it looks to me that we are going to have an hour or so of moderate rain and then early this afternoon we are going to start and see the rain taper off and things should get better."
- Embargoed: 19th October 2010 13:00
- Topics: Weather,Sports
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- Story Text: The Ryder Cup appears set for a first ever Monday finish after the start of the third day's play was delayed on Sunday (October 3) when torrential rain returned to leave the Celtic Manor course waterlogged.
Organisers said a further announcement would be made at 11am local time (1000 GMT) and that play would not resume until noon at the earliest.
Spectators were told to stay at home and await further information before travelling to the Twenty Ten layout.
The U.S. holders led Europe 6-4 overall but trailed in all six matches on course (two foursomes and four fourballs) when fading light ended play on Saturday.
Ryder Cup meteorologist Mike McClellan said 12.8mm of rain had fallen since 3.45am local time but was confident the worst of the weather would move north in the afternoon.
"It looks to me that we are going to have an hour or so of moderate rain and then early this afternoon we are going to start and see the rain taper off and things should get better," he told Reuters from inside his hut where he was surrounded by various laptops showing the latest satellite images.
"Well the weather forecast really improves late tonight into tomorrow. A mini high pressure system sorts of wedges in way here and that will clear the skies out. It wont be perfectly sunny but we will have a mix of sun and clouds. No rain expected tomorrow. There is another cold front approaching late tomorrow night though and that will bring additional showers Monday night and into Tuesday but we will never go into Tuesday to play golf, so it will be completed on Monday I believe and weather wise should be great," he added.
Chief referee John Paramor said it would take between one and one and a half hours to make the course playable once the heavy rain stopped.
The opening day of the biennial team event was also ruined by heavy rain on Friday, with play suspended for more than seven hours.
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