124th U.S. Open

Pinehurst No. 2

The Loop

Monday finish to Ryder Cup in cards

September 30, 2010

NEWPORT, Wales -- The popular conception about golf in the U.K. is that they'll play in anything. Not true, especially when the golf course in question is tucked deep in a valley, already spongy soft, and hosting one of the world's most anticipated events.

This, of course, is a roundabout way of saying the weather forecast for Wales is particularly dreadful for the next few days. How bad? See for yourself.


No, no one is going to be confusing this place with San Diego anytime soon, and it presents the very real possibility of play being pushed into Monday.

The good news, if you want to look at this way, is that play can't go on beyond then.

According to reports, the Ryder Cup has to be completed by 6:43 p.m., local time. The score at that point determines the winner.

Update: Fear not, says Celtic Manor's Terry Matthews. The resort owner says his golf course can withstand the rain. Here's hoping he's right.

-- Sam Weinman