A Chicago-based meteorologist has advised Ryder Cup players and spectators to “prepare for the worst” when it comes to the Medinah weather.
Speaking to the European team’s raingear supplier ProQuip, Mike Janssen of the Chicago Weather Centre has warned that the weather in late September last year was a below par for that time of year.
“The players had better hope for the best, but prepare for the worst,” he said.
“While September is usually one of our driest months, in the stretch from September 25 to 30 last year it was cloudy, cool and wet. The Chicago area saw rain each day with a six-day total of 2.52 inches of rain.”
The 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales will be remembered for being one of the wettest ever, with 2.04 inches of rain falling between Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning, more than half the area’s average monthly rainfall in just three days.
The downpour led to the unprecedented scenario of the American Team purchasing rain suits from the ProQuip stand when their own official team kit let them down.
Russell Brooks, ProQuip General Manager, said: “At Celtic Manor, our suits played a well publicised part in proceedings and arguably gave the European Team an edge in the extreme conditions.
“Looking forward to Medinah, at this stage the best the experts can do is make educated guesses regarding the weather. But we are leaving nothing to chance and have produced a suit featuring an exclusively developed, highly technical, lightweight fabric that is super-quiet and easy to swing in, enabling the players to perform their best and stay dry and comfortable in all weathers.”
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