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James Driscoll wins Tour's Nashville Golf Open

While UVA's Derek Bard and Denny McCarthy were getting beat up at Oakmont in the U.S. Open, James Driscoll was busy winning on the Tour. It was first victory since 2004.

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The trials and tribulations of a professional golfer can vary from week to week, year to year. While young bucks, Derek Bard and Denny McCarthy were trying their hands at the lightning fast greens and deep rough at Oakmont, veteran James Driscoll played his way to his second career win on the Tour. The win was his first since he won the 2004 Virginia Beach Open.

Twelve years between wins on the tour isn't necessarily a bad thing though as Driscoll spent most of that time on the PGA Tour. After his win in 2004, Driscoll played nine of the next ten seasons on the major tour. 2015 was a bit of downer though as he didn't earn enough money on the Tour for full time status on that tour and had to use a one time exemption to play the 2016 season based on his time on the PGA Tour.

He put that extension to good use firing a final round 67 to finish the tournament nineteen under par, three shots clear of his closest challenger. On the week, Driscoll was the only player in the field to shoot in the sixties for all four rounds. The win moves Driscoll to 17th on the money list. The top 25 on the combined regular season and finals money list earn their PGA Tour card for the following season.

Sunday's win also came with a story of Hoos helping Hoos as months ago Driscoll borrowed a putter from fellow Wahoo Steve Marino. The Wilson 8802 is a throw back, but helped propel Driscoll to the win.

It will be a busy summer for Wahoo golfers. Bard and fellow current Cavaliers will be working their way through the amateur curcuit, Driscoll and McCarthy will be grinding away on the tour, while Marino will be going to work on the PGA Tour.