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Eric Axley |

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (40) / 4/22/1974
College: East Tennessee State

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Eric Axley settled for a 2-under-par, 34-34=68 in the open qualifier at Dragon Ridge Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada, for this week's Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, four strokes too high to join the playoff for a berth into the tournament proper.
The Web.com Tour Finals grad survived the four-spotter for last week's Frys.com Open, but missed the cut in the PGA TOUR event by seven strokes. Other notables that fell short at this week's OQ include: 65--Ted Purdy; Craig Kanada; Jeff Gove; Luke List ... 66--rookie Byron Smith; Andrew Loupe; Frank Lickliter II; Craig Barlow; Parker McLachlin; John Mallinger; Stephen Gangluff; Bubba Dickerson; Jin Park ... 67--Tim Petrovic; Vaughn Taylor; Brad Elder; Edward Loar ... 68--Greg Chalmers; Tim Herron; Kent Jones; Scott McCarron; Chris Smith; Chris Riley; Jason Allred; Steve Allan ... 69--Rod Pampling; David Branshaw ... 70--Brad Fritsch; Michael Letzig; D.J. Brigman ... 71--rookie Oscar Fraustro; Marc Turnesa; Mathew Goggin; Brad Adamonis; Eric Meierdierks ... 73--Cameron Beckman; Ben Kohles ... 78--Ernie González. Oct 14 - 11:06 PM

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Eric Axley completed the Web.com Tour Finals with $36,311.66, good for the 50th and final position in the series.

Along with giving the 25 graduates of the Web.com Tour an opportunity to rise in in the ranks, 25 others would receive fully exempt status on the 2014-15 PGA TOUR via earnings in four tournaments. Axley cashed in all four, but placed no better than T12 in the second leg at the Chiquita Classic. However, his aggregate was enough to squeeze out former PGA TOUR member Roberto Castro by $31.66. The top 24 receiving cards are as follows (* = rookie; opening position in the reshuffle in parentheses): Bud Cauley (4); Colt Knost (6); John Peterson (7); Richard Sterne (9); *Zac Blair (11); Sam Saunders (13); Jim Herman (15); David Lingmerth (17); *Tom Hoge (19); Greg Owen (21); Tom Gillis (23); *Whee Kim (25); *Scott Pinckney (27); Tyrone Van Aswegen (29); Sean O'Hair (31); Heath Slocum (33); J.J. Henry (35); *Nick Taylor (37); Hudson Swafford (39); Alex Prugh (41); *Oscar Fraustro (43); *Sung Joon Park (45); Chad Collins (47); *Carlos Sainz, Jr. (49).
Sep 21 - 5:25 PM

Eric Axley has a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card in his sights at the Web.com Tour Championship.

Axley finished 184th in the FedExCup standings, affording him the opportunity to play the Web.com Tour Finals. The top 25 players on the Finals money list not already holding a 2014-15 PGA TOUR card will earn fully exempt status. He is currently 27th on that list, having made each of his three cuts in the Web.com Tour Finals, highlighted by a T12 at the Chiquita Classic.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Sep 16 - 9:24 PM

Eric Axley netted 15 points in his final round of the Barracuda Championship with a 5-under-par 34-33=67.

Axley ends the week with 33 points and trying to hang on to a top-10 finish. Beginning his day on the 10th hole at Montrêux G&CC, he picked up 10 of his 15 points on two holes, circling eagles on the par-5 13th from 17'5" and the par-5 second from 23'9". He alternated four birdies for three bogeys the rest of the way. Entering the week 187th in the FedExCup standings, he needed a massive week in an effort to earn his full status for 2014-15. While there is still work to do, he will be in an excellent frame of mind should he gain entry into the Wyndham Championship in two weeks.
Aug 3 - 4:15 PM

Eric Axley opened the Barracuda Championship with a 5-under-par 33-34=67 worth 11 points.

The lefty hit 15 greens in regulation and sunk six birdies, including on each of the four par 5s at Montrêux Golf and Country Club today. His only hiccup occurred at the par-4 17th, which he bogeyed. While 187th in the FedExCup standings, Axley has reminded us all year that he's working his way back into form. He's 6-for-8 with one top 25. Short of a win in Reno, he may make for a nice sleeper in full-season format if he survives the Web.com Tour Finals.
Jul 31 - 6:35 PM

Eric Axley has been added to the published field of this week's RBC Canadian Open.

Axley was the fifth alternate when the field was released on Friday afternoon. He found himself in the field following seven withdrawals this morning. The lefty is 197th in the FedExCup standings thanks to five paydays in seven starts. He's authored a quiet comeback story of sorts, so you can't rule him out as a guy that won't make noise this week and in the Web.com Tour Finals assuming he qualifies.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jul 21 - 11:56 AM

Eric Axley backed up his opening 64 at the Travelers Championship with a 3-under-par 34-33=67 to post 9-under 131, two strokes adrift of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

The lefty hit 12 greens and squared two bogeys at TPC River Highlands today, but he poured in five birdies to rope the red number. The set included conversions from 14'7" and 22'4" at Nos. 3 and 9, respectively. At this point, merely finishing inside the top 10 would fulfill a short-term goal as it would grant him entry into The Greenbrier Classic in two weeks if he doesn't crack that field on merit. Every year, one or two guys emerge from the Past Champion category and make noise. Axley easily qualifies for that angle despite limited playing time.
Jun 20 - 1:55 PM

Eric Axley twirled a bogey-free, 6-under-par 31-33=64 in his opening round of the Travelers Championship, finishing two strokes of the overnight lead.

He was the last man in the field this morning, but everyone has an equal chance at the trophy. The lefty pounced on his. He converted six birdies on 14 looks. Two dropped in from 13-15 feet. The most threatening par save measured 13'11" at the par-4 fourth. Unless he wins, his value will remain with weekly formats, especially the salary games where he's probably be underpriced.
Jun 19 - 7:30 PM

Eric Axley has been added to the published field of this week's Travelers Championship.

Axley started the week as the sixth alternate, but gained entry when Briny Baird withrew. The lefty missed the playoff at the open qualifier by one stroke, so consider this as a second chance. While 4-for-5 on the season on Past Champion status and with one top 25 on the books, Axley sits outside the top 200 in both FedExCup points and earnings. His only cut made in four tries at TPC River Highlands came back in 2007 (T22). This is his first appearance since 2009. He's scheduled to go off the 10th tee at 1:10 p.m. ET.
Source: PGATOUR.com
Jun 19 - 12:17 PM

Eric Axley spun a bogey-free, 5-under-par 31-34=65 at Windyke Country Club's East Course in Memphis in today's open qualifier for the FedEx St. Jude Classic, good for a share of medalist honors.

The open qualifier was held today due to U.S. Open sectional qualifying on Monday. This is the third time that Axley has four-spotted this season (McGladrey, Valspar). He started on the back side of Windyke and buried four of his five birdies on the first eight holes. The lefty is 4-for-4 this season on the PGA TOUR, but sits 204th in FedExCup points. He'll be making his first appearance at TPC Southwind since 2009. Austin Cook also turned in a bogey-free 65 but with respective nines of 32 and 33; he circled five birdies. The University of Arkansas product will be making his PGA TOUR debut. Grant Leaver and Dustin Morris secured the final two berths into the St. Jude at 4-under 66. Leaver (32-34) erased two bogeys with four birdies. In his only previous PGA TOUR start, he missed the cut at the 2010 St. Jude. Morris (33-33) traded five birdies with one bogey today. He's 1-for-2 on the PGA TOUR with a T42 in his debut at the 2012 St. Jude.
Jun 1 - 4:37 PM

Eric Axley spun a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in his opening round of the HP Byron Nelson Championship.

The one-time PGA TOUR winner has capitalized on his few opportunities on the PGA TOUR this season, but if he keeps playing like this, we're going to see him all the time next season. He hit 12 greens and picked off four birdies at Las Colinas today. His longest conversion measured 18'8" at the par-4 ninth. Bogeys at 14 and 15 stung a bit, but he bounced back with his final birdie of the walk at the par-5 16th. The lefty demands a long look in salary games that allow midseason moves.
May 15 - 3:32 PM

Eric Axley has been added to the published field of this week's HP Byron Nelson Championship.

Axley started the week as the second alternate. He gained entry when D.H. Lee withdrew. The lefty is a surprising 3-for-3 this season and sits 204th in FedExCup points. While that alone isn't impressive, it signals the possibility that he'll make some noise as the field expand this summer. He hasn't pegged it at TPC Four Seasons-Las Colinas since 2009 (MC), but he logged a T13 during the first year of the redo in 2008.
Source: PGATOUR.com
May 13 - 12:00 PM

Eric Axley chased his opening 68 at the Puerto Rico Open with a 6-under-par 33-33=66 in his second round to post 10-under 134, good for outright possession of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

We'd say that the lefty is turning back the clock, but even that time machine doesn't have a setting. He converted seven birdies against only one bogey today. This is the first time that he's connected subpar scores since the middle round of the 2012 Sanderson Farms Championship.
Mar 7 - 1:51 PM

Eric Axley crafted a 4-under-par 36-32=68 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

Every once in a while, even a left-handed squirrel finds a nut. The one-time PGA TOUR winner hasn't made any noise on the PGA TOUR in some time. In fact, today's score is his first red number in an opening round since a 2-under 70 at the 2009 Reno-Tahoe Open (when it was still a stroke-play event). The 68 is his lowest lid-lifter since a 67 at the Zurich Classic in May of that same season. Axley landed 13 greens in regulation today and circled five birdies against one bogey. He walked off positioned two strokes back of the clubhouse lead.
Mar 6 - 5:25 PM

Eric Axley was one of two golfers to survive a four-way playoff at the open qualifier for this week's McGladrey Classic.

The one-time PGA TOUR winner submitted a 2-under-par 33-35=68 in regulation thanks to four birdies against two bogeys at Brunswick (Ga.) Country Club. He and the cross-handed Josh Broadaway (33-35=68; 6 birdies, 4 bogeys) then outlasted Darron Stiles (35-33=68; 3 birdies, 1 bogey) and Phil Hendrickson (33-35=68; 4 birdies, 2 bogeys) for the final two berths. Medalist honors were shared by Kyle Reifers (3-under 31-36=67; 4 birdies, 1 bogey) and James Vargas (35-32=67; 5 birdies, 2 bogeys). The field for the tournament proper at Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course is now complete at 132.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 11:06:00 AM