ProQuip, Preferred Supplier to The 2012 European Ryder Cup Team, has heeded the warnings of a Chicago-based meteorologist who has advised to “prepare for the worst.”
The Ryder Cup takes place at Medinah Country Club, Chicago, Illinois, 25-28 September the first time the ‘Windy City’ has hosted the global sporting event.
And while Illinois’ weather is usually benign in September, ProQuip has left nothing to chance, supplying an exclusively developed, high-performance rain suit to Captain José María Olazábal and his team to enable them to play their best whatever the weather.
Speaking to www.proquipgolf.com Mike Janssen, a Meteorologist from the Chicago Weather Centre, said: “The players had better hope for the best, but prepare for the worst.
“While September is usually one of our driest months, in the stretch from September 25–30 last year it was cloudy, cool and wet. TheChicagoarea saw rain each day with a six-day total of 2.52 inches of rain.”
The 2010 Ryder Cup at the Celtic Manor Resort in Wales will be remembered for being one of the wettest ever, with 2.04 inches of rain falling between Thursday afternoon and Sunday morning, more than half the area’s average monthly rainfall in just three days.
The downpour led to the unprecedented scenario of the American Team purchasing rain suits from the ProQuip stand when their own official team kit let them down.
Russell Brooks, ProQuip General Manager, said: “At Celtic Manor, our suits played a well publicised part in proceedings and arguably gave the European Team an edge in the extreme conditions.
“Looking forward to Medinah, at this stage the best the experts can do is make educated guesses regarding the weather. But we are leaving nothing to chance and have produced a suit featuring an exclusively developed, highly technical, lightweight fabric that is super-quiet and easy to swing in, enabling the players to perform their best and stay dry and comfortable in all weathers.”
A limited number of replica team suits are available from the Official Ryder Cup online store for fans to emulate their favourite Team Europe players.
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.