SILVIS, Ill. - When Paul Grogan arrived at TPC Deere Run in the pre-dawn hours Friday morning, his optimism soared.
His maintenance crew completed 3½ hours of morning chores in a little more than 2 hours. Everything looked pristine.
Then the clouds unloaded for what amounted to more than 6 hours and 1.8 inches of rain on an already saturated course.
Round 2 of the John Deere Classic didn't stand a chance and picks up this morning with tee times originally scheduled for Friday.
But Grogan, the Deere Run superintendent, didn't shout to the heavens after mid-afternoon repair efforts failed to yield a playable course.
"We adjust," he said. "I've been in the golf business long enough to know when it rains, it rains. There's nothing you can do about it."
The PGA Tour undoubtedly tried, pushing back the second-round start time four times before Grogan informed Tour tournament director Arvin Ginn that course conditions couldn't be made sufficiently playable.
As a result, Sunday becomes a marathon 36-hole close, encompassing the final two rounds into what the Tour hopes will be about 10 hours.
Lee Janzen and Darron Stiles are tied for the lead after each shot 7-under-par 64 Thursday.
After today's second round, the 156-player field will be cut to 60 plus ties. The usual cut is 70, and those who ordinarily would play behind Round 2 will be paid for their respective place.
Bowing to time constraints, groups will not be re-paired between the third and fourth rounds.
Ultimately, the Tour's goal is to avoid a Monday finish, ideally ending close to 5 p.m. Sunday to correspond with CBS' TV coverage.
A fifth day could cause some anxiety for those also playing in the British Open next week, though Ginn was adamant that the upcoming major had no bearing on Friday's decision.
"Everything is done according to the regs, and this is not to sell the British Open short or anything else, but we're playing the John Deere Classic here this week, and that's what we're mandated to do in the scheduled time," he said.
No one in the field teed off Friday as the JDC became the 10th Tour event this season to experience a weather delay.
Play first was postponed until 8:30 as morning storms rolled in. The projected start time eventually reached 4 p.m. after the sun broke through at 2.
But even with 2 hours to clean up, Grogan and his staff of 26 - plus at least a dozen volunteers - couldn't bring enough relief to five holes.
Nos. 2, 10, 15, 17 and 18 retained too much water, particularly on fairways, and good spots for relief would have been sparse.
On the driving range later in the afternoon, 1999 JDC champ J.L. Lewis had no desire to attack a soggy course.
"I think they made the right decision with all the rain they had," said Lewis, who is tied for 10th at 4-under-par. "Trying to get the conditions to be a little more consistent for everyone in the field, I think that's probably the best thing.
"We're not taking into account, if a guy hits the ball into the woods you'd have to go 100 yards to get relief from casual water."
Tour meteorologist Stewart Williams forecasted partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the mid-80s for today and Sunday.
Should any more rain fall, a much-dreaded Monday finish would be a likely scenario.
Tournaments ending after 54 holes are to be avoided at all costs per Tour policy, though the Pebble Beach National Pro-Am succumbed to such a finish after five days weren't enough.
The JDC has twice finished on Monday, in 2000 and 2003. Its lone 54-hole end occurred in 1999 at Oakwood Country Club.