Daily Wrap-up: Round 1, Puerto Rico OpenMarch 10, 2011
Staff and wire reports
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico -- James Driscoll shot a 9-under 63 on Thursday in the Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com, missing a chance to break 60 when he played the final four holes in 2 over.
Driscoll eagled the par-5 fifth -- his 14th hole of the day -- to reach 11 under, but dropped strokes on the par-4 seventh and par-3 eighth at Trump International Golf Club-Puerto Rico. He had 10 birdies in a 12-hole stretch from No. 12 to No. 3 and ended up with a two-stroke lead over Will MacKenzie.
"I was 11 under with three to play, so I mean anything could have happened," Driscoll said. "If I birdied all three holes or two of them, I could have shot in the 50s, but they were tough holes.
"The seventh hole is a pretty tough hole. I hit a good shot, made bogey, unfortunately kind of got a bad kick, but then the eighth hole I hit it solid, but I pulled it in the hazard and made bogey there. So with three holes to go, definitely could have been lower, but I got a few lucky breaks out there, too, so I'm not really looking back thinking that it should have been a lot lower. But it could have been."
Driscoll matched the course record set by Derek Lamely in the third round of his victory last year.
John Daly rallied to shoot a 70. He was 4 over after six holes.
Lamely had seven bogeys in a 76.
Trump International: Thursday EASIEST HOLE TOUGHEST HOLE The par-5 5th hole was the easiest with a Thursday scoring average of 4.362.
EAGLES: 9 BIRDIES: 70 PARS: 46 BOGEYS: 5 OTHER: 0
The par-4 4th hole was the toughest with a Thursday scoring average of 4.262.
EAGLES: 0 BIRDIES: 8 PARS: 87
BOGEYS: 29 OTHERS: 6
About the leader • Coming into this week, Driscoll had never held a lead after any round on TOUR. He is making his 143rd start on TOUR this week. • Driscoll ties Derek Lamely's course record of 63. Lamely shot his course record last year in the third round on his way to victory. • Driscoll made one of three cuts this year coming into the week. He finished T13 at the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February. • Driscoll missed the cut in his last start at the Puerto Rico Open in 2009. He finished T39 in his only other start here in 2008. • Driscoll's best round on TOUR is a 62 at the 2009 Valero Texas Open. • In his two previous starts at the Puerto Rico Open, Driscoll had just one of six rounds in the 60s (67/2009/MC). • Driscoll recorded seven consecutive birdies (Nos. 15-3), which is the second best streak of the season. Chris Stroud had eight consecutive birdies two weeks ago at the Mayakoba Golf Classic. The TOUR record is nine consecutive birdies. • Driscoll's previous best birdie streak was five at the 2005 Booz Allen Classic where he finished 58th.
Mike Weir (wrist) and Boo Weekley (hand) withdrew during the round. Weir was coming off a career-worst 85 in the second round of the Honda Classic. He has shot 77s in his other three TOUR rounds this year.