James Driscoll, thanks to seven birdies in two days, had already contributed $7,000 to his Birdies for Boston campaign when local and federal law enforcement agencies captured the second suspect in Monday’s horrific Boston Marathon bombing.
While citizens of Driscoll’s hometown and millions across the country watched, mesmerized, as local police and FBI agents put an end to the manhunt for Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, whose brother and alleged accomplice in the explosions died early Friday in a shootout in a Boston suburb, Driscoll believed he had failed to make the cut at this week’s RBC Heritage. Then, early Saturday morning in the rain-delayed PGA Tour event at Harbour Town, Jesper Parnevik missed a par putt on the 18th hole of his second round.
That sent the Brookline, Mass., native into the weekend with a chance to add to the fund he launched on Thursday to help victims of Monday's violence that killed three and wounded almost 200.
Parnevik tweeted Driscoll a “you’re welcome” shortly after he moved the cut line to 2-over -- earning Driscoll, who made it on the number, a Saturday tee time.
@jdriscollpga You owe a few drinks...— Jesper Parnevik (@JesperParnevik) April 20, 2013
Parnevik, who wore his support for Boston on Friday, when he sported a Bruins insignia on his golf cap (no word on whether the spoked B was supposed to be backwards), finished 36 holes at the same 2-over mark, which was eight shots back of a trio of leaders at 6-under.
The Swedish golfer was not alone in boosting Driscoll’s cause.