James Driscoll has moved his “Birdies for Boston” campaign to New Orleans for this week’s Zurich Classic. Before he got back on the course, however, the Brookline native made a quick pit stop to chat up his Boston Marathon fundraising effort on CNBC’s “Fast Money.”
Driscoll launched his initiative in the wake of the explosions that killed three and injured almost 300 at the finish line of last Monday’s Boston Marathon. The event had an enormous impact on Driscoll, who splits his time between Jupiter, Fla., and a condo just two blocks from the finish line, and he wanted to do something to help those affected by the tragedy.
“I started a two-week campaign [in which] I’m donating personally $1,000 for every birdie that I make,” Driscoll said by phone on CNBC Tuesday from TPC Louisiana, the site of this week’s tour contest. “I made nine last week [at the Heritage tournament] and hopefully I can make about 20 this week.”
The Boston golfer’s efforts have attracted the attention of players and others, who have offered encouragement to Driscoll and money to “Birdies for Boston” via Twitter, Facebook, and other social media. Contributions to Driscoll’s cause will go directly to the One Fund Boston charity that Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino started up the day after the bombings.
Among those ponying up is “Fast Money” contributor Mike Murphy of Rosecliff Capital, who early on pledged to match Driscoll’s share, dollar for dollar.
Driscoll rolls into NOLA after just making the 36-hole cut last week at Harbour Town but failing to play his way into Sunday when the tour invoked the “Made Cut-Did Not Finish” rule to thin the huge field.
(Photo: Twitter via @jdriscollpga)
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