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The Tour Report

June 23 2012

9:00 PM

Driscoll eyeing elusive first win

Interview: James Driscoll

Following his third-round 66, James Driscoll reflects on his play in the 2012 Travelers Championship.

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

CROMWELL, Conn. -- James Driscoll appeared to be on the fast track to success on the PGA TOUR.

At 18, he became the youngest ever winner of the Massachusetts State Amateur before winning it again two years later.

In 2000, he reached the finals of the U.S. Amateur after beating Luke Donald 2 and 1 in the semifinals. He would lose to Jeff Quinney in the championship match at Baltusrol but surely would win on the professional level.

More than a decade later, Driscoll is still looking for his first TOUR win.

After a second straight 66 at TPC River Highlands, he’s in position to get it just two strokes off the lead with one round to play in the Travelers Championship.

To win here would be extra special to Driscoll, who still keeps an apartment in Boston and has dozens of friends and family in attendance this week.

”If you're playing well, it's great to have everybody out here.,” Driscoll said. “If you're not playing well, it's frustrating because you want to play well for the people that are following you.”

They weren’t disappointed Saturday.

Driscoll made three birdies and an eagle, chipping in on the short par-4 15th.

This is the second year in a row Driscoll, who has made 179 starts on TOUR, has contended here. Last year, he shot a third-round 64 before finishing fifth.

Four of the last six winners here were also first-time champions.

“I think there will be maybe a bit of a rowdy crowd [Sunday],” Driscoll said. “I'm looking forward to it.”

So are they, especially if he wins.