Numbers game – Ryder Cup weatherwear summed up
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ProQuip is the most played weatherwear brand in Ryder Cup history and has been Preferred Supplier to 19 teams, European and American, in the 29 years since its first involvement kitting out the US Team of Captain Jack Nicklaus in 1983.
The Scottish golf outerwear specialist has supplied six American teams and 13 European Teams, which equates to 228 Ryder Cup players at 10 different venues..
The 2010 Ryder Cup at Celtic Manor Resort in Wales will be remembered for being one of the wettest ever, with 2.04 inches of rain fell between Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning, more than half the area’s average rainfall for one month in just three days.
The downpour led to the unprecedented scenario of the 12-strong American Team plus its captain and four vice-captains purchasing rain suits from the ProQuip stand when their own official team kit let them down.
At the 39th Match of the Ryder Cup, taking place on Course 3 at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, ProQuip has ensured the players are prepared should the region encounter the same weather as during the six-day period of 25-30 September, last year, when there was 2.52 inches of rainfall.
It’s not merely Team Europe that will enjoy the protection of a ProQuip rain suit in such conditions though, as the Preferred Supplier to the 2012 European Ryder Cup Team has supplied more than 400 items of weatherwear, including:
- 60 full zip jackets, 60 half-zip playing tops and 90 pairs of waterproof trousers, for the 12 players, 12 caddies, four vice-captains, and Captain José María Olazábal
- Six boys and six girls from the Junior Ryder Cup Team
- 12 specially designed, branded jackets
- 35 Tourflex 360 suits for members of the European Tour board, for a competition against their US counterparts
- 140 professional jackets to Ryder Cup Europe board members, official partners, plus European Tour staff
Looking ahead to the next Ryder Cup, at Gleneagles Hotel, Perthshire, Scotland, and if current UK weather conditions are anything to go by, the venue could see one month’s rainfall – as much as two inches – in just one day.
ProQuip has been selected as the Preferred Supplier to the 2014 European Team, marking its 20th Ryder Cup appointment for the biennial event and will provide its world-class weatherwear to a 240th Ryder Cup player.
Replica team waterproof suits for this year’s event are available for golf fans to buy online for £200 at the Ryder Cup Europe store:
Golfers are also able to wear their own version of the European Ryder Cup weatherwear following the launch of ProQuip’s new Trophy Suit, featuring the same high-performance fabric worn by Team Europe.