Ryder schedule changed to avoid late finish
NEWPORT, Wales – By mid-day, with rain pelting down and rivers racing through the fairways of the Celtic Manor, it seemed that a Monday finish to the 38th Ryder Cup was all but a certainty.
Ryder Cup: Friday four-ball matches
Rain soaked the first round of the 2010 Ryder Cup.
It might still be, but officials are not quite yet ready to surrender to that prospect.
Determined to finish by Sunday evening, officials announced that the traditional lineup has been rescheduled in a bid to complete the competition on time.
Instead of four sessions of four team matches, there will now be three sessions featuring team matches – the four ongoing four-ball matches (which began Friday and will carry into Saturday morning), then six foursome matches, followed by a final session of two foursomes and four four-balls.
(It would still mean that there would be eight four-ball and eight foursomes matches.)
Conceding that the third session would more than likely carry into Sunday morning, the plan calls for singles matches to begin directly after that.
But a huge disclaimer accompanies all of this – that being the fact that the Sunday forecast is not very good. If that should be the case and the weather forces more delays, then George O’Grady, commissioner of the European Tour, confirmed that a Monday finish would be part of the equation.