In a statement posted on Sun Mountain’s Facebook page, owner Rick Reimers honorably took the hit for the humiliating wardrobe malfunction that prompted quite the debacle during last Friday’s monsoon at Celtic Manor:
Sun Mountain Sports is very sorry for the way our rain suits performed at the Ryder Cup.
We will apologize to Corey & Lisa Pavin and the U.S. team at our earliest opportunity, and hope they will accept our heartfelt apology for the stress this must have caused.
We are evaluating what happened. Our RainFlex, introduced… in 2006, has been extensively and successfully used by over 150 tour players, the 2009 Presidents Cup team, the 2007 and 2009 Walker Cup teams and thousands of PGA professionals.
We believed, as Corey must have, that our RainFlex, built with quiet, stretchable, breathable fabric would be an advantage to the U.S. team. That it was not is a great disappointment. It just was not enough for the torrential rains at Celtic Manor.
Owner, Sun Mountain Sports, Inc.
I’m tempted to buy one of those suits — without my name stitched on the back — and wear it in the shower to see how it holds up. While the rain gear clearly didn’t perform in the heavy rain, it sucks that Sun Mountain has to deal with the PR disaster. Now I know Sun Mountain is a respectable company and their rain gear is near top-of-the-line, it’s still not the best in the market.
But maybe it would have been fine had it not been for all the extra frills…Sources inside the company apparently grumbled that the leakage was caused by the request to meet the “elaborate stitching” design request from Lisa Pavin, who was responsible for picking the team uniforms.
Instead, the US team had to deal with playing in wet clothes — not to mention, leaky, drenched golf bags — against a dry European squad. And officials had to waste a few thousand bucks snatching up rain gear in the merchandise tent.
Who knew it rained so much in Wales in October? Nick Faldo did.