Originally created 09/15/03

Lewis, Singh lead as Deere Classic moves into Monday



SILVIS, Ill. -- J.L. Lewis and Vijay Singh held a one-stroke lead after a long day of golf Sunday didn't produce a winner at the rain-soaked John Deere Classic.

Lewis, who won the tournament in 1999, and Singh, third on the PGA money list this year, were at 12 under after completing the rain-delayed third round. They only played five holes of the final round, which will resume Monday morning.

A dozen players were within five shots of the lead when play was halted by darkness at the Tournament Players Club at Deere Run, where heavy rains washed out Saturday's round.

Lewis, who has topped the leaderboard throughout the tournament, couldn't add to the 12-under total he built with identical 65s during the first two rounds.

He said a north wind and slow putting surface offset rain-softened greens and fairways. He predicted a score of 4 under might be needed to win Monday.

"If it stays calm, they'll be some birdies made," Lewis said.

Singh, who started the day four shots back, picked up two strokes with three birdies and a bogey during the third round, then birdied two of five holes in the final round before play was stopped.

He is playing for the seventh straight week in an attempt to win the money title.

Notah Begay III, Chris Riley and Paul Stankowski were one shot back at 11 under, while Jonathan Byrd was alone in sixth place at 10 under. Three players were within three shots at 9 under.

Stankowski, returning after wrist surgery in May, said fatigue wasn't a factor despite the extra holes on the hilly course.

"I only played 25 holes today so it's not that bad. It could have been worse," said Stankowski, who has won two PGA titles - the last in 1997.

Tournament officials had hoped to wedge in 36 holes on Sunday so players could move onto their next stop, the 84 Lumber Classic in Farmington, Pa.

But a storm that dumped more than three inches of rain Friday and Saturday lingered over the Quad Cities, pushing tee times back until late morning.

Players completed the third round, then started on the fourth. Play was stopped shortly after 7 p.m.

The Deere Classic is the first PGA event to extend into Monday since June's FBR Capital Open. However, 22 of 39 tournaments have experienced some kind of weather delay in a season marked by rain and new names atop leaderboards.

Justin Leonard, who was tied for sixth after two rounds at 6 under, withdrew for the birth of his daughter, Reese, who was born Sunday morning.