When the PGA decided that they’d situate the Ryder Cup in Wales they possibly didn’t give the weather much thought. Celtic Manor, the venue of this year’s tournament, is located in the micro climate next to the Bristol Channel and therefore, even at the nicer times of the year, is subject to extremely changeable weather conditions – let alone if it takes place in the autumnal month of October.
It is a unique situation that the bi-annual event has had to enter a fourth day, and a bookmaker almost as old as the cup itself are very happy indeed that the it’s rolled over to the Monday. William Hill has predicted that around £50m will be gambled on the clash between the US and Europe, and you can imagine that just about anything could have been gamble upon, including maybe offering novelty odds on the next gaming operator to try ambush marketing on the course.
Hills had been lining up a trip for John Cleese to South Wales in order to promote their products, but it’s not thought loveable sidekick Manuel would stand up well to the country’s weather.