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US team caught out by Ryder rain

Published 01/10/2010

As if the weather was not bad enough at the Ryder Cup today, the American team were reported to be hastily buying better waterproof gear.

"It's unbelievable," said former Open champion Paul Lawrie when he heard the story.

"I assume they would have been tested and it seems an incredible lapse."

Phil Mickelson's coach Butch Harmon commented: "They are the ugliest things I have ever seen and if they don't work as well it's not a good thing.

"But in defence of our team we wouldn't usually go out in weather like this."

An American player, not wanting to be named, had told a reporter after practising in heavy rain on Wednesday that he got soaked underneath the waterproofs, while apparently the reason Tiger Woods played in a jacket without his name on then was that his was not the right size.

As the two sides waited to hear when the action might resume, Rory McIlroy said on his Twitter site: "I just have to say are waterproofs are performing very well!"

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