Deluge at Manor raises Ryder Cup fears

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If Celtic Manor becomes flooded in the first week in June, then imagine what could happen in the first week of October. Never mind the Gortex, it is frogmen uniforms the American Ryder Cup team should consider decking out in stars and stripes.

Nick Faldo's infamous "bring your waterproofs" comment at last year's closing ceremony was inevitably revisited in the locker rooms here yesterday as the heavens opened and the Wales Open closed for business. In all, nearly six-and-a-half hours were lost because of the heavy rains and as the green-keeping staff set about clearing the fairways of huge puddles and repairing washed-out bunkers it was impossible not to speculate about the conditions in 16 months' time when the most-watched event in golf comes to Newport.

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