James Driscoll shot a flawless nine-under 63 to take the lead at the midway point of the Puerto Rico Open. Driscoll is at 12-under, one stroke ahead of PGA Tour rookie Chesson Hadley.
Veterans and newcomers are contending for a much needed victory in Puerto Rico.
Driscoll is a veteran on the PGA Tour who usually plays well enough to secure his card, but has never broken through to the winner’s circle. If he gets a W this week, the flood gates may open.
Hadley is having a decent rookie campaign. He has two top-10 finishes, but has also missed six cuts in 11 events. Hadley won twice on the Web.com Tour last year, and a W in Puerto Rico would be a dream start to his career on the PGA Tour.
Eric Axley is in third place at 10-under. Axley hasn’t been a full member on the PGA Tour since 2009, so he is looking forward to finding his golf game, and making another go on the PGA Tour.
Five-time winner Jonathan Byrd and former U.S. Amateur Champion Danny Lee are three back at nine-under par. PGA Tour rookie Wes Roach and second year player Ben Martin are also at nine-under.
There is a logjam of veterans at eight-under: Greg Owen, David Toms, Jerry Kelly, Jason Gore, Ricky Barnes, and George McNeil. Bud Cauley and Rafael Cabrera Bello are also at eight-under.