Course record hands Driscoll lead

James Driscoll carded a 63 to claim a one-shot lead after the second round of the Puerto Rico Open on Friday.

The PGA journeyman holed an eagle and carded seven birdies to tie his own course record at the Trump International.

The 36-year-old reached 12-under at the halfway stage of the event, one shot in front of PGA Tour rookie Chesson Hadley (65), with Eric Axley (66) in third place on 10-under.

Driscoll also carded a 63 at the same course three years ago, and has made a bright start to the 2014 season, lying in 67th place on the FedEx Cup standings.

“I had the putter going pretty hot today and I hit a bunch of shots pretty close too,” Driscoll told reporters after his round.

“I wasn’t hitting it great off the tee but the irons were really solid, so that gave me a chance coming into these pins.

“The wind was blowing pretty hard out there this afternoon. From tee to green (this course) gives you a little room. If you play smart and manage your game, you don’t have to hit perfect shots all day.”

A group of four players – Danny Lee (68), Ben Martin (67), Wes Roach (66) and Jonathan Byrd (66) – were all tied for fourth on nine under.

With the cut on one-under, 80 players made the cut, with former world number one David Duval the most high-profile player to miss out.