James Driscoll matched the Puerto Rico Open record with a 9-under 63 on Friday to take a one-stroke lead after the second round while the wind and Blue Monster tested the field in the Cadillac Championship at Doral Friday.
Playing in wind gusting to 20 mph after morning rain at Trump International, Driscoll had an eagle and seven birdies in his bogey-free round. He had a 12-under 132 total.
“I had the putter going pretty hot today,” Driscoll said. “I was fortunate. I hit a bunch of shots pretty close, too. I judged the wind. Luckily, I read the wind right a couple of times. The wind was pumping pretty good. It was blowing about 20 miles an hour, but there were a few times I had some crosswinds and just judged it perfectly and hit it in there to about a foot or so.”
This isn’t the first time Driscoll has fired a low number in the Puerto Rico Open. He shot a 63 in the 2011 tournament for a share of the record set by Derek Lamely in his 2010 victory. That number was also matched by Chris Tidland in 2011 and Scott Brown in 2013 in his victory.
Cadillac Championship leaders Friday after a brutal windy day on the renovated Blue Monster include Patrick Reed, Dustin Johnson, Hunter Mahan and Matt Kuchar. The quartet are tied at 1 under par after 36 holes.
The completely renovated Blue Monster at the Doral Resort was playing to a 73.8 average score. Graeme McDowell summed up conditions saying; “I don’t think I’ve played in conditions this difficult in the U.S.,” McDowell of Northern Ireland said after a 71 left him one shot out of the lead. “It’s an Open Championship day. It’s a real Friday afternoon at St. Andrews in 2010 before they called it. It was hard out there – really, really hard.”WHAT'S YOUR REACTION?