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The Tour Report

October 17 2013

2:42 PM

Driscoll takes early lead with 63

By Sean Martin, PGATOUR.COM

LAS VEGAS -- James Driscoll's day didn't get off to an ideal start. Driscoll, the first player to tee off at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, had to hit a provisional tee shot after hooking his first one towards trouble left of the fairway. He couldn't have asked for a much better finish, though. He holed a 12-foot birdie putt on No. 18 to post 8-under 63 and take the early lead at TPC Summerlin.

Driscoll found his first tee shot and made par on No. 1. "After that, I kind of figured things out," he said. He made birdie on four of the next six holes before a bogey at the par-3 eighth hole. He holed out from 81 yards for eagle on the par-5 ninth after laying up out of a fairway bunker to make the turn in 5-under 30.

"After the first couple of holes, everything kind of felt pretty good," Driscoll said. "I got the putter going and hit a lot of 3-woods out there off of the tees. I kept it in play and gave myself a lot of chances."

He fell back to 4 under after a bogey at the 11th hole before birdies at Nos. 12, 15, 16 and 18. He hit 16 of 18 greens in regulation, making bogey the two times he missed the green.

Driscoll started the 2013-14 season with a T-21 finish at last week's Frys.com Open. He had missed the cut at this event in each of the past two years, shooting 2-over 144 both times. This was his lowest score in 22 career rounds at this event.