04. October, 2010

The 38th Ryder Cup, Celtic Manor, Newport, Wales

The American Ryder Cup Team suffered the worst of the that Welsh weather at Celtic Manor during Friday’s early Matches. Play was suspended and the American team’s outerwear garments failed to meet the challenge of these extreme wet weather conditions, because they were not equipped with GORE-TEX product technology. After some confusion in the media, questioning why the best American golfers were not wearing the very best waterproof clothing, Gore issued the following statement:

“It’s unfortunate that the U.S. team at the Ryder Cup was not wearing uniforms with the GORE-TEX brand, especially if the faulty gear ultimately interfered with performance,” said Yvonne Erickson, marketing leader at W.L. Gore & Associates. “Gore has rigorous uncompromising standards in place to ensure that our products are of the highest quality, to back up our Guaranteed to Keep you Dry® promise to consumers. Gore and Sun Mountain Sports parted ways in 2006 and therefore GORE-TEX brand technology was not used in the rain jackets and pants worn by the U.S. team this morning. We hope that both Ryder Cup Teams will be wearing uniforms with GORE-TEX product technology in future matches.”