If James Driscoll plays the final two events of the PGA Tour’s Fall Season as he has the first two, the Boston native may find himself back in the minor leagues.
The top 125 on the money list earn their playing cards for the following season. At No. 117 entering last week’s Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, the first of four games bringing up the rear of the 2012 campaign, Driscoll had little room for error coming into Thursday’s second tilt.
“In my mind, there’s so much golf left,” Driscoll told PGATour.com prior to the Las Vegas competition. “If you have only one event, you start crunching the numbers and thinking to yourself what you need to do. With four left, it’s way too soon to start thinking that way.”
In dead last place following rounds of 4-over 75 and 76 at this week’s Frys.com Open, Driscoll may have to readjust his attitude if he hopes to retain full-time playing privileges next year.
For sure, there was nothing to write home about in his second and final round of the week at CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif. Last season’s Bubble Boy sandwiched a lone birdie on the par-5 15th with two double-bogeys and a pair of bogeys, which put him nine strokes south of the project cut line.
With the afternoon wave still on the course, Driscoll’s stock could rise if the trio (including New England’s Patrick Sheehan) tied at 7-over falter down the stretch. But with his lackluster finish dropping him to as low as a projected 121st on the money list, the pride of Charles River Country Club — who Friday recorded his second consecutive and 12th overall missed cut of 2012 — could use a robust end to his season to forget.
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