I’ve reviewed numerous Sun Mountain products and I have to say that I’ve really thought all of them were of the highest quality. I even reviewed a Sun Mountain rain jacket which fit into a golf ball sleeve and kept me perfectly dry.
That being said, I’m saddened to hear of the PR nightmare that Sun Mountain is undergoing right now, with the rain gear provided to the Ryder Cup team. The USA Ryder Cup team apparently bought about $5000 worth of new rain gear for the USA team because the old gear was leaking and retaining water.
“We were disappointed with the performance and, you know, we just fixed it. They were not doing what we wanted them to do so we went out and bought some more waterproofs.”
That after this quote from SM:
Check out this photo from a Ryder Cup practice round. That’s a fine looking USA jacket. Weather will most likely be a factor at this year’s event. May the team with the best outerwear win.
Oh damn. I know Sun Mountain should be confident in their gear because it really is damn good, but that quote backfired. I feel bad for them.
I suspect part of the problem lies in the embroidery of the players’ names on the back? I’d have to think that anywhere there were stitches the water could get through the fabric.
Speaking of the players’ names, is it true that Tiger’s rain jacket did NOT have his name? I’m going to have to roll my DVR back and look.
Watched a little Ryder Cup this morning, before I’m off to play in a 27 hole tournament with my dad (wish me luck).
Play has been suspended due to heavy rain after two hours of play. It is ugly out there. I would have bailed long before they did.
Currently the European team is up in three of the four matches.
The weather is supposed to be good the rest of the weekend.
Below is a shot of some of the Ryder Cup competitors playing video games inside while waiting for the weather to clear. This was a Twitter pic from Ian Poulter. I thought that Tweeing was banned during the Ryder Cup, but apparently that doesn’t count for rain delays?
Television times for this year’s Ryder Cup
Friday, October 1 – 2:30am – 1:00pm ET ESPN
Saturday, October 2 – 8:00am – 6:00pm ET NBC
Sunday, October 3 – 7:00am – 1:00pm ET NBC
Friday Morning Fourballs
|Phil Mickelson / Dustin Johnson
||Lee Westwood / Martin Kaymer
|Stewart Cink / Matt Kuchar
||Rory McIlroy / Graeme McDowell
|Steve Stricker / Tiger Woods
||Ian Poulter / Ross Fisher
|Bubba Watson / Jeff Overton
||Luke Donald / Padraig Harrington
My lovely new wife doesn’t know much about golf. She doesn’t know much about the Ryder Cup at all. All she knows is that I’m having a very hard time deciding whether to go on vacation this weekend or stay home to watch it.
What she does know is fashion; what is and is not stylish.
When I showed her Tiger Woods in one of his Ryder Cup uniforms (pictured right) all she could say was “That is not attractive.”
All of these athletes are millionaires and have apparel endorsements with the biggest, best and most stylish golf apparel companies. You’d think someone could have come up with something which looked decent, and didn’t freak out the vertical scan on my HD TV.
Dustin Johnson: “Corey, if you make me wear another outfit like this, especially without a white belt, I’ll crush you.
Jim Furyk: “I don’t care what clown suit they dress me in for this thing. I just cashed a $10,000,000 check…”