near Cardiff will be held from October 1-3, but Faldos mirthless humour will not have had the Wales Tourist Board laughing as they hop
e to attract up to 10,000 US fans to the event. The remark is seen as another error from captain Faldo whose media relations have generally been considered a disaster. But George OGrady, chief executive of the European Tour, said the waterproofs remark should not be taken too seriously. Its
in a valley, it does rain and youve got to look at these things with a bit of humour, he said. Celtic Manor owner Sir Terry Matthews has spent 22million preparing the Wentworth Hills course for the event and has no fears a
bout the Welsh weather. He said: We have the best drainage on the planet. Robert Trent Jones built a lot of go
lf courses for me and he used to say the three most important things about a golf course are drainage, drainage and drainage. We know the valley because we own it. Fog wont be a big issue either. If there is f
og it goes away very quickly. Matthews, who attended Valhalla to pick up a few tips, promised a cracking Ryder Cup which would outdo Kentucky. He added: Because the course was built from the get-go for the Ryder Cup, there are only three crossings on the fairways. At the K Club there were nine. The clubhouse has a huge balcony overlooking the 18th green and we can accommodate 40-50,000 people on the last three holes. Thats good when youve only got four games on at a time.