April 19 2013
Driscoll made seven birdies in his two rounds at Harbour Town. (Stan Badz/PGA TOUR)
By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM
HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- James Driscoll still calls Boston home.
His apartment there is two blocks from where the Boston Marathon bombings took place.
About 50 friends were at a party at the finish line that day.
Two of them were between the explosions when they occurred.
Needless to say, the attack hit close to home for Driscoll, who was on his way to Harbour Town for the RBC Heritage earlier this week when it took place.
Though none of his friends or family were injured, Driscoll wanted to do something to aid the families of the victims. He's pledging $1,000 for every birdie he makes to The One Fund Boston (you can donate, too).
Driscoll thought he'd missed the cut RBC Heritage after he finished 2 over for the first two rounds. But Jesper Parnevik missed a six-footer early Saturday that moved 21 players above the cut line, including Driscoll.
That means Driscoll will have at least an extra round to pile up a few more birdies (a secondary cut will be made after the third round.) He's made seven birdies so far, including three on Friday. His efforts will continue next week in New Orleans.
As much as he tried to concentrate on golf, Driscoll admitted that at times he couldn't help but think about his hometown, which was on lockdown as authorities were on a massive manhunt for one of the two suspects.
"Before the round I was glued to the TV and the news," he said. "It's crazy when you watch the news it's like you're watching a movie. It doesn't seem real.
"I just hope they catch whoever did it and seek justice."
In the meantime, Driscoll was just appreciative of the support he was getting from fans and players.
"I've had tons of players ask if my family is OK and if I knew anybody close by," he said. "The crowds have been good. I can tell they've been pulling for me with what I'm trying to do."
So far, Driscoll, who has always held his hometown close at heart, has earned $7,000 so far to help the families of victims.
"I think that's where it gets its reputation as a crazy sports town; people rally so hard around the local teams that it's such a tight-knit community," he said. "People are quick to support one another and that's what I'm trying to do.
"Boston is where I'm from. I love the city. Everyone up there is family."