James Driscoll, 54-hole co-leader heading into Sunday at the AT&T National, could not get anything going in the final round and finished in a share of eighth place.
Driscoll noted Saturday, despite firing three straight rounds in the 60s (2-under 69-69-68), that he was less than thrilled with his game but that he would remain patient and hope that his long short stick continued to stay hot.
“It’s a tough golf course,” the native of Brookline, Mass., said about Congressional Country Club on Saturday. “Any time you shoot three rounds in a row in the 60s, it’s something to feel good about….It’s not like I’m ‘puring’ it out there.
“It’s not perfect golf, but you don’t really have to play perfect golf sometimes. If you’re just patient and putt well and have a good short game, it can go a long way, and that’s kind of what I’m doing this week.”
Driscoll’s belly putter cooled off on Sunday, while final-round playing partner (along with Roberto Castro) and eventual winner Bill Haas was sizzling on the greens. The 35-year-old who lives in Boston finished fourth in the tour’s strokes gained-putting category, while Haas, who was 12-under for the week and cadged a three-stroke victory over Castro was second in the key stat.
All Driscoll, who moved up 41 spots in the Official World Golf Rankings (from No. 248 to 207th) with his top-10 finish, could muster were three bogeys and no birdies for a 74 in his last tour of the Bethesda, Md., track.
While Driscoll may be disappointed in his end result, he had not been in a position to close out a PGA Tour event since losing the 2009 Valero Texas Open in a playoff to Zach Johnson. He also came in second to fellow New Englander Tim Petrovic in the Zurich Classic in his rookie year of 2005.
Next up for Driscoll is the Greenbrier Classic on an Old White TPC track where he has not fared well, sandwiching two missed cuts (2010, 2012) around a T39 in 2011.
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