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The Tour Report

April 16 2013

2:20 PM

Boston attack close to home for Driscoll

Driscoll has an apartment two blocks from where the Boston bombings took place. (Gross/Getty Images)

By Brian Wacker, PGATOUR.COM

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. -- Monday’s bombings at the Boston Marathon hit close to home for James Driscoll.

A native of Boston who splits time between his hometown and Jupiter, Fla., Driscoll keeps an apartment two blocks from where the explosions took place.

Monday, he was on his way to the airport for this week’s RBC Heritage when his phone lit up with text messages.

Driscoll had been invited to a party at Towne, a restaurant a couple of blocks away on Boylston Street, and two of his friends were caught in between the two blasts when they went off.

“I had probably 50 friends at a party at the finish line,” Driscoll said. “When the first one went off, one of my friends said she didn’t know what the heck it was. When the second one went off, she grabbed her friend's hand and started running toward the south end.

“When stuff like this happens around the country, you realize how tragic it is. But when it happens that close to home, it’s a different level of fear and anger and emotions.”

Driscoll spent most of Monday trying to track the story, first on the way to the airport then once he landed in Charlotte and again last night. No one he knows personally was injured in the attack.

“My friend, she just happened to stop to talk to a friend (before the first bomb went off). If she hadn’t stopped, she would’ve been right there.

“It’s just scary to think people are out there running around doing stuff like that and it could get worse before it gets better. It’s disgusting, really.”