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Golf: Europe leads early as heavy rains halt Ryder Cup

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By Associated Press

NEWPORT, Wales (AP) — Workers scurried around the greens with squeegees, furiously pushing the water away before every putt. Players sloshed down soaked fairways, desperately searching for a spot to hit from that was somewhat dry. The Americans couldn't even stay dry in their gaudy rainsuits.

Finally, there was no way to go on.

The Ryder Cup was halted in the middle of the fourball matches Friday morning because of heavy rain that turned Celtic Manor into a water-logged mess.

"The first thing I need is to find a hair dryer," quipped PGA championship winner Martin Kaymer, who played the opening match for Europe with Lee Westwood.

The home team was off to a good start, leading three of the four best-ball matches when play was suspended for the first time since the 1997 Ryder Cup in Spain.

"It's a shame," U.S. assistant captain Jeff Sluman said. "There's 10 years of planning that went into this, and we're held hostage by the weather."

The forecast called for the rain to move out by early afternoon, but that didn't pan out. Officials pushed back two deadlines for getting the course back in shape and said it would be at least 4 p.m. local time before they could even consider resuming play.


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