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Sun Mountain to supply Presidents Cup rainsuits

October 05, 2011

Sun Mountain has put the 2010 Ryder Cup rainsuit controversy behind it and announced on Wednesday that it has been selected to provide the outerwear for the U.S. Presidents Cup team.

The rainsuits are "based upon a new line of Sun Mountain raingear incorporating a breakthrough stretchable woven fabric," the company said in a news release. They feature a "new four-way stretch woven fabric with a fully waterproof/breathable laminate and durable water repellant finish."

At the Ryder Cup a year ago, in torrential rains in Wales, U.S. players complained that their rainsuits, supplied by Sun Mountain, were not keeping them dry and were absorbing, rather than shedding, water, making them heavier.

Sun Mountain founder Rick Reimers was not available to comment on the new outerwear. He said this in the news release:

"We are honored to have once again been chosen to outfit the Presidents Cup U.S. team. We spent a lot of time over the past year evaluating solutions to the weather protection needs of tournament golfers while remaining true to our requirement that it offer the flexibility needed for a golf swing. The result is a waterproof, windproof and stretchable collection of golf outerwear that we are excited to showcase during the event."

Images of the rainsuits were not available.

The Presidents Cup is scheduled to be played at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Melbourne, Australia, Nov. 18-20.

-- John Strege