Paddy Harrington catching some zzzz's.
Sun Mountain FAIL!
By Kickntrue on 10/1/10
The USA Ryder Cup team now has their own Watergate- Har Har Har. So ya, a lot of people are going to blame Lisa Pavin for the bad USA raingear, but let's be honest- she was just picking styles, it's up to the actual provider, in this case Sun Mountain, to actual produce what they say their producing. Lost? Here's what you've missed while you were sleeping.
In another embarrassing moment, a U.S. team drenched at Celtic Manor had to buy new rain suits from the merchandise tent during the delay Friday because the ones they brought with them didn't keep them dry.

"We were disappointed with the performance of them and we just fixed it," captain Corey Pavin. "They were not doing what we wanted them to do, so we went out and bought some more waterproofs."
So ya, they just plain didn't work. Here's my favorite part though, a tip of the hat to Stephanie Wei for finding this gem from the Sun Mountain Facebook Fan page.
Ironically, on Sun Mountain’s Facebook page, there’s a picture of Tiger and Stevie in dry conditions with a caption saying, “Check out this photo from a Ryder Cup practice round. That’s a fine looking USA jacket. Weather will most likely be a factor at this year’s event. May the team with the best outerwear win.”
OUCH!

Oh- BTW, the Ryder Cup is currently under attack from rain. There is a slight possibility they could get more golf in today, though it seems unlikely. The Ryder Cup will almost certainly not be decided until Monday.

On a brighter note- the whole Twitter ban thing seems to only be a Team USA thing. Europe's best and brightest are Tweeting away. There are some cool pics and some good trash talk below. Almost makes me like Captain Colin... NOT!

New Rain Gear Please
WeiUnderPar.com

Rory McIlroy Twitter (Has some good pics and jabs at Team USA)
Graeme McDowell Twitter
Ian Poulter Twitter (and Photo Source above)


[ comments ]
bkuehn1952 says:
I always thought Sun Mountain made a good golf bag; they were certainly expensive enough. My tendency has been to price shop but I always told myself that some day I would splurge and get a Sun Mountain bag. Now, I am not so sure their products have the quality equal to the price.

The whole "Twitter" ban seems to smack of over control and eliminate any chance the US team has too much fun. When the Cup was held at Oakland Hills, the approach each team took during practice rounds was very telling. The US team was serious and stuck to business - no interaction with the fans. The Europeans strolled along the ropes and had a great time. We all know what happened.
10/1/10
 
Kickntrue says:
@bkuehn1952- While this will certainly hurt Sun Mountain's reputation a bit- I do think they make quality products- especially in the bag department. No doubt this shows poor form here though.
10/1/10
 
Swingem says:
Since predicting rain in Ireland is like predicting cold at the north pole, this seems like quite an oversight by captain Lisa. Perhaps co-captain Cory banned "tweeting" because he's worried about what might get "tweeted". "I've got a bad feeling about this", hope I'm wrong.
10/1/10
 
Trav says:
Report just in - Captain Lisa states "How was I know to know it rains in Wales? I'm just too busy to have to learn EVERY little detail."
10/1/10
 
mjaber says:
Shouldn't the blame for the "water-proof" gear not being water-proof fall on Sun Mountain? It's their product. Shouldn't they have tested it? If it were my wife buying rain-gear for me, and I took it out and it didn't work, I'd blame the manufacturer, not my wife.
10/1/10
 
birdieXris says:
I'm with mjaber. Everyone is going to be pointing the finger at Lisa, and it's not her problem. They look pretty decent considering it's rain gear, but the fail is definitely on sun mountain here.
10/1/10
 
Swingem says:
The fail here is on both. Sun Mountain should have tested and delivered a product that functioned as expected. Knowing that there would be about a 100% chance of rain in Wales, and that this piece of gear would see a lot of action, Pavin should have had Team USA evaluate the product for function and performance prior to placing an order. At least take a shower in the damn thing first. Sorry, you can't pass the buck on this, the responsibility ultimately falls on Pavin neglecting an important detail.
10/1/10
 
Swingem says:
Here's a thought-I'll bet that the rain-wear that Sun Mountain shipped was perfectly fine. However, by the time all of the patches, stripes and logo's were sewn, glued, and ironed on, the things were full of needle holes and the waterproofing was shot.
10/1/10
 
mjaber says:
@Swingem... everything I've read says that the material was absorbing water. If that's the case, it's more likely the fault of Sun Mountain than anyone else. I'd be willing to be that Sun Mountain was responsible for getting the patches/stripes/logos affixed to the gear. Even if they weren't, they HAD to know it was going to happen, and should have advised if there was some kind of process that could compromise the effectiveness.
10/1/10
 
Swingem says:
@mjaber-If Sun Mountain was involved in the customization, even if they sourced it from a third party, I would agree that they bear responsibility for the problem. If the team ordered stock items and had them customized without Sun Mountain's involvement, then Sun Mountain is getting screwed here. Regardless, these should have been tested prior to the event.
10/1/10
 
mjaber says:
@Swingem... Even if they weren't involved, they had to know, and they should be able to adivse a customer if there is a process that will compromise the integrity of their gear. The third party who executed the customization, if that is the reason for the issue, should also have been able to determine if their process would compromise the material. Should they have been tested? Of course. Should a customer have to test a clothing item in a controlled environment to make sure it does what the manufacturer says it does? No way.

Bottom line, at least in my mind, Sun Mountain screwed the pooch on this one.
10/1/10
 
mjaber says:
On the bright side, even though the rain gear sucked, the US still leads 2-1-1!!!
10/1/10
 
legitimatebeef says:
What a douche, Pavin. Pathetic quote, he can't even own up to a simple gaffe. Shows you what a mincing douche he is. Egads. Let's get this thing over with already and move on with our golf lives.
10/1/10
 
jev says:
A company with "Sun" in its name in Wales... what were they thinking?
10/1/10
 
dottomm says:
I'm liking McIlroy's tweets. Some day I hope I can tweet " I started the back 9 eagle eagle! still wasn't good enough!!"

Damm that Kid!!!
10/1/10
 
Shane1 says:
It's Lisa Pavin's fault...Fortunately for the Americans, they didn't have to buy rain gear with "Team Europe" written all over it. Hopefully for the next Ryder Cup, the USA Captain's wife will be ignored for fashion and material selection....
10/1/10
 
Swingem says:
@mjaber-reading some Sun Mountain news, looks like the whole thing was their gig, and they F%$&ed it up.
10/1/10
 
bkuehn1952 says:
It seems to me that the gear was purchased from a reputable manufacturer. If the style is poor, blame Lisa Pavin. If the fit is poor, blame Corey Pavin for not insisting the team try out the suits. If the suits leak like a sieve and retain water, that should be on Sun Mountain unless someone modified the suits after they were delivered.

Right now I don't think I have enough information to call out anyone except Sun Mountain. I am with @mjaber - if my wife bought something that is advertised as waterproof, I don't expect her to test it in the shower. The manufacturer is responsible for that.
10/1/10
 
Trav says:
Sure, SunM screwed the pooch, but any good project manager knows they are reponsible for anticipating and miminizing the possibility of failures by others, especially when the stakes are so large. The consequences of my getting a defective suit one weekend are not the same as when you are managing a team that has been organized over many months, travelled thousands of miles, at great cost, for a once every 2-year international competition watched by the world. We make fun of Monty, but he understood this basic principle. bleacherreport.com/articles/479234-colin-montgom

It's Cory's responsibility, but if his wife wants to glory in being the center of attention as "Captainess", she has to accept some of the blame too. voices.washingtonpost.com/early-lead/lisapavin.j
10/2/10
 
jev says:
@bkuehn1952: the style *is* poor... those SunM rainsuits look like a camping-smoking (a.k.a. "Jogging suit" :-D) instead of golfgear.
10/4/10
 
mjaber says:
@jev... agreed, but style has nothing to do with function. Just because it's ugly doesn't mean it's not going to work.

I work every day, and I think I'm ugly as sin. :)
10/4/10
 
Trav says:
Whoever said the problem was the holes poked by the stitching was right - but according to this, SunM told the Captainess - multiple times - that there would be a problem with her design. network.yardbarker.com/all_sports/article_extern
Points both to the Captainess being a diva, clueless as to the point of the exercise, and co-Captain Corey exercising no oversight reponsibility (although had the gear been tested, they would have found out in advance). Once again illustrating why it's not a good idea to be married to someone you're supposed to be supervising.
10/6/10
 
SilverSliver says:
I always thought they were overpriced... more reasons for me not to buy their product
10/6/10
 
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