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Eric Axley

Team: PGA Golfer
Age / DOB:  (44) / 4/22/1974
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 185

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Making just his fifth start of the PGA TOUR season, World No. 370 Eric Axley painted a bogey-free, 6-under-par 33-32=65 in the second round of the AT&T Byron Nelson to reach 11-under 131, up nine spots on the live leaderboard to T3, four back of leader Marc Leishman. UPDATE: With R2 completed, Axley is T4, four back.
The 43-year-old, who celebrates his birthday in four days (May 22nd), hasn't played full-time on TOUR since the 2015 season (finished 189th in the FedExCup standings). He's played primarily on the Tour the last three seasons and bagged his second win in 102 events at the North Mississippi Classic three starts ago, currently ranked 10th on the money list. The Tennessean owns one TOUR win in 192 events, the 2006 Valero Texas Open during his rookie campaign, and has qualified for the FEC Playoffs just one time, finishing 63rd in the FEC standings in 2008. This will be his first time in the top 10 thru 36 holes on the main stage since T6 at the 2015 RBC Canadian Open (finished T58). Axley carded six birdies in R2 on 15 greens in regulation, posting 1.641 SG: Approach and 2.622 SG: Putting. May 18 - 3:09 PM

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Eric Axley put himself in the mix through two rounds at the Sanderson Farms Championship, recording a 4-under-par 33-35=58 today to reach 7-under 137 on the week.

The lefty is making his 10th appearance at this event, and third straight since the move to the Country Club of Jackson. In his previous two trips, he's posted even-par 144 to miss the cut. He's improved by seven strokes this time around, using his short game as the primary asset, currently ranked top 25 in strokes gained around-the-green as well as putting. Axley posted a 3-for-7 record last season while playing on Past Champion status. His last top 10 came back at the 2008 edition of the Barracuda Championship.
Fri, Oct 28, 2016 06:25:00 PM

Tennessee native and resident Eric Axley rallied for a 2-under-par 32-36=68 in today's second round of the FedEx St. Jude Classic in Memphis for a two-day total of 3-under 137, up 10 places on the live leaderboard to T16.

The East Tennessee State product is playing this season on Past Champion status and this is only his fourth start, first since a missed cut at the PRO as an alternate. He was fifth alternate on Friday when the field was published, but several players that sectional-qualified for the U.S. Open WD, so the Knoxville resident gets some rare action. This is his seventh St. Jude with a best of T21 in 2007. The 42-year-old kicked off with a four-birdie three-bogey 69 in R1 and chased with five birdies against three in R2. He went off No. 10 tee and went out in 1-over, but rebounded for a bogey-free inward half, circling holes 1, 4 and 6.
Fri, Jun 10, 2016 01:11:00 PM

Eric Axley arrives at Sea Island Resort's Seaside Course in preparation of this week's RSM Classic.

Playing on Past Champion status, Axley tries to make the most of any opportunity he gets to tee it up. The lefty has posted top 50s in both appearances here, but nothing inside the top 20. Both courses this week allow the golfers to keep the driver in the bag, which should benefit a golfer like Axley who relies on course management rather than distance.
Wed, Nov 18, 2015 06:12:00 PM

Eric Axley arrives at this week's Tour Championship ranked 20th on the money list after three legs of the Tour Finals.

After securing the 50th card last year by a measly $32, the lefty is looking to repeat the TPC Sawgrass magic from last year and secure his PGA TOUR card for the 2015-16 season. Axley didn't parlay his status into 2014-15 success as he missed the cut in 14 of his 21 starts and finds himself back at Dye’s Valley Course looking to regain his card. The former PGA TOUR winner is in control of his destiny at this week's finale.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 11:09:00 PM

Eric Axley settled for a 2-under-par 33-37-70 in a wild ride around River Run Country Club in the third round of the Small Business Connection Championship.

That ties him with Emilliano Grillo for the 54-hole lead at 14-under 202. Axley's round featured six birdies, but he had to swallow four bogeys. He ranks fourth in putting average, which has been the key to his week. While he has Past Champion status on the PGA TOUR, he would certainly love to lock up full status for 2015-16 via a top 25 finish on the Tour Finals money list. A win on Sunday would certainly end any drama in that department.
Sat, Sep 19, 2015 06:00:00 PM

Eric Axley returns to Greensboro, North Carolina, for this week's Wyndham Championship and enters the fray 185th in the FedExCup standings.

Since the inception of the FEC Playoffs in 2007, Axley has qualified once, finishing 63rd in the final standings in 2008. Barring a win this week, his playoff-appearance resume will remain unchanged. Axley has one PGA TOUR title in 176 career starts, that coming in 2006 at the Valero Texas Open, a year too soon for FEC consideration. Two weeks later, he finished T3 at this tournament, when it was known as the Chrysler Classic of Greensboro, but it was at the former venue of Forest Oaks CC. That T3-showing however, remains his second-best career performance on TOUR to date and tops in five trips to the Piedmont Triad. He missed the cut here last year and in 2009, cashing a T41 in 2008. On the season, the 41-year-old has a pair of T22s (McGladrey, Puerto Rico Open) on 20 starts, missing 13 cuts.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 04:43:00 PM

Eric Axley followed his opening, three-eagle 67 at the RBC Canadian Open with a bogey-free 4-under-par 34-34=68 to post 9-under 135 at the midpoint, five strokes back of the 36-hole clubhouse lead.

Despite his fireworks on Thursday, this may have been better golf today. After all, he striped only six (of 14) fairways and missed seven greens in regulation but escaped with a spotless scorecard. Axley's greatest test to keep it clean came at the par-4 ninth where he holed out for par from off the green nine yards away. His longest of four birdies traveled 27'7" at the par-3 12th.
Fri, Jul 24, 2015 05:37:00 PM

Eric Axley converted three eagles en route to a 5-under-par 33-34=67 in today's opening round of the RBC Canadian Open.

Axley went out in the second threesome off the 10th tee at Glen Abbey Golf Club today and hit 12 greens in regulation. After six pars to start, he knocked in his first eagle from only 37 inches at the par-5 16th hole. The second eagle-3 disappeared from 37'5" at the par-5 18th. The lefty then double-bogeyed the par-4 first, but bounced back with a birdie from 13'9" at the par-5 second. He chased that with the shot of the day at the par-4 third. After striping his drive 327 yards into the fairway, Axley jarred his approach from 117 yards for the third eagle. He parred in, including a save from 11'3" at the par-3 seventh. He was the clubhouse leader at the time he signed his card but didn't sit atop the leaderboard. The 41-year-old is the first on the PGA TOUR this season with three eagles in one round. The last to achieve the feat was John Huh at Torrey Pines North in the first round of the 2012 Farmers Insurance Open.
Thu, Jul 23, 2015 11:59:00 AM

Eric Axley returns for his third look at Glen Abbey Golf Club at this week's RBC Canadian Open.

The lefty finished T20 in his 2008 Glen Abbey debut before missing the cut the following year. Axley is just 6-for-18 on the season This puts him at 183rd on the FedExCup leaderboard. He's losing 1.064 strokes:tee-to-green each round, ranking 189th on TOUR. Axley has a solid track record north of the border, but gamers shouldn't rely on history to repeat itself.
Wed, Jul 22, 2015 07:53:00 PM

Eric Axley arrives in Cromwell, Connecticut, looking for a strong performance at this week's Travelers Championship.

Axley enters the week ranked 185th in the FedExCup standings, earning paychecks in just four of his 10 starts this season. He finished T42 here last year, but is just 2-for-5 in his career at TPC River Highlands. Gamers can take a look in very deep leagues, but he should be off the radar in most fantasy formats this week.
Wed, Jun 24, 2015 08:25:00 PM

Eric Axley returns to the Wells Fargo Championship for the first time since 2009 and enters the week slotted 183rd in FedExCup points.

It's been six years since Axley last paid homage to Quail Hollow, missing the cut in 2009, his last of three consecutive trunk-slams at the WFC. The 41-year-old veteran (who turns 42 on the 22nd of this month), opened with 1-under-par 71 in both 2008 and 2009 prior to missing the cut, so there is some potential for the veteran to make the weekend. That said, Axley has missed seven of his last nine cuts on TOUR and eight of 11 overall this season, so that potential remains slight.
Tue, May 12, 2015 09:07:00 PM

Eric Axley has gained entry into this week's Valero Texas Open.

Axley was 10th alternate when the field was released on Friday, but he was given the last sponsor exemption when Scott Verplank withdrew before noon local time today in San Antonio. The lefty's only PGA TOUR victory occurred at the VTO in 2006, but he's 0-for-3 at TPC San Antonio (which debuted in 2010). He's cashed in three of nine starts this season with a pair of T22s. It's disappointing news for all gamers that latched onto his mild resurgence in 2014.
Mon, Mar 23, 2015 12:58:00 PM

Erix Axley shot 1-under-par 36-35=71 in his opening round of the Puerto Rico Open.

The lefty is making his first start since Pebble Beach and since he fell six spots to 37th in the reshuffle at the conclusion of the West Coast Swing. After returning with fully exempt status this season, it's been a disappointing result overall as Axley has cashed just twice in eight starts. However, he's on the inside track to his third payday. Today, he hit 13 greens in regulation and traded three birdies with two bogeys before coming to rest two strokes off the early clubhouse lead.
Thu, Mar 5, 2015 10:54:00 AM

Eric Axley enters this week's Puerto Rico Open ranked 176th in the FedExCup standings.

The lefty has started the season by missing cuts in six of his first eight events. His history at this event is above average, but not outstanding. Axley holds a 3-for-5 record at the Puerto Rico Open with last year's T24 being his best finish. Entering the week ranked 51st in the strokes gained:putting, it will be a matter of tee-to-green that determines his fate this week.
Wed, Mar 4, 2015 08:51:00 AM