Tonight won't be anything like Monday night for Matt Shaffer's crew at Merion.
"We're double-double cutting greens. Cutting and rolling fairways. Cutting rough. We couldn't do anything last night," says Shaffer, director of golf course operations at Merion, where this kind of major event named the U.S. Open begins Thursday.
Why such a change? Well, no rain today is a great place to start. After being pummeled with 5.85 inches of rain since last Friday, being able to go about their business was all Shaffer's bunch wanted, and they have their opportunity.
Yet asked if a dry day gets him caught up, Shaffer simply shook his head.
"We didn't get any further behind today," he says.
Shaffer has hoped all along to have the East Course fast and firm, but that possibility seems to be out of reach, at least for the moment. Especially since more storms could hit on Thursday when the championship starts.
"We'll get part of Thursday in," Shaffer says. "We'll be fast but not very firm. We'll be firm, but not firm enough."
Golfer Steve Stricker says, "The course itself is in great shape, and it's drying up slowly."
Shaffer isn't feeling sorry for himself. Not a chance of that happening, folks.
"I think our spirits are high, and we're ready to kick (three-letter word that rhymes with pass) and grow some grass," Shaffer says.