Driscoll off to fast start

James Driscoll, who missed the cut at last week’s Humana Challenge after ending his 2012 season with seven MCs in his final nine events, got off to a blistering start in the final round of this week’s Farmers Insurance Open.

The Boston native, who outlasted fellow New Englanders Keegan Bradley and Scott Stallings, neither of whom was around for the weekend at Torrey Pines, posted two straight birdies and an eagle in his first four holes of the closing 18.

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Unfortunately, Driscoll began the day with a five-over 77 and was tied for 53rd as the closing 18 got underway on a day when golfers would play until dark and likely into Monday, thanks to dense fog that suspended almost all play on Saturday.

For sure, the story of the week was Tiger Woods, who seemed to be on a take-no-prisoners march to his 75th PGA Tour victory after posting a 3-under 69 in his third round. But, after his first-ever bogey on the par-5 18th at Torrey Pines, Woods mishit tee shots on the first and second holes of his final round and seemed to be providing the rest of the field a glimmer of hope.

Woods, coming off his own missed cut at last week’s Abu Dhabi Golf Championship, started his day with tap-in birdies on Nos. 2 and 3. He got the lead up to six shots at one point and, despite some late miscues, held on to a four-shot edge to start his closing 18.


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