James Driscoll may not have gotten in a full four rounds of play at last week’s RBC Heritage, thanks to a 54-hole cut necessitated by the unusual way he made it into the weekend, but the Boston golfer did earn $9,000 for his “Birdies for Boston” campaign.
After the tragic bombings at the Boston Marathon last Monday, the native of Brookline, Mass., pledged $1,000 for each birdie he made in the following two PGA Tour events, the Heritage and Zurich Classic of New Orleans. Driscoll made the 36-hole cut on the number at 2-over after Jesper Parnevik’s missed putt on Saturday morning, following a rain-delayed completion of the second round. Parnevik’s miss moved the cut line, which had 21 additional players doing a reverse trunk slam.
With what CNN called a record-matching 91 golfers making it past the midway point, the tour enforced the “Made Cut-Did Not Finish” (MDF) rule after 54 holes to winnow the crowd down to the top 70 and ties. Though Driscoll failed to get into Sunday’s scrum, he added two birdies in the third round to bring his pledge tally to $9,000. The money will go to the One Fund Boston initiative launched by Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Tom Menino to assist those most affected by the explosions at the Marathon that killed three and injured nearly 200.
Normally, about half the players in a 140-golfer field exit early but Parnevik’s miss on the 18th hole assured Saturday tee times for the most contestants since the 1981 Travelers Championship, according to CNN. Driscoll carded a third- and final-round 5-over 76 to finish in a tie for 88th.
(Photo: Twitter via @jdriscollpga)
Emily Kay is a regular contributor to New England Golf Monthly. You may follow Kay on Twitter @golfexaminer
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