Stringent ticket policy dampens fans' mood
THE Act of God -- She must have been on a Spa break! -- that caused torrents of water to fall over South Wales has already wrecked the Ryder Cup for many thousands of golf fans.
Anyone who paid their £100 (€115 approx) for a one-day ticket and who arrived in time for the start yesterday got only a few hours' play for their money.
They also got an extended opportunity to spend more cash in the Tented Village, but that wasn't the main purpose of their excursion to Celtic Manor.
And if they thought they could turn up today for the rest of the 'Day 1' fourballs and foursomes, they were in for a rude awakening.
No refund, and no admission beyond the Friday -- that's the rule and tough luck.
And any punters who bought their tickets for today and tomorrow, but can't attend for any reason have also lost out.
Tickets are unique to the person who bought them, complete with photo, so no show means no dough returning to the purchasers.