Not bad for a guy who wasn’t even in the field until about an hour before his 1:10 p.m. opening-round tee time.
Axley started the week as the tournament’s sixth alternate and had worked his way to the top of the list by midday on Thursday. He had already left the course after the morning wave teed off, packed up, and was eating lunch when he was notified that Briny Baird had withdrawn and he was in the field.
“I knew it would be close and this time I got lucky,” he said. “You try to prepare as if you’re going to play, but in the back of your mind, you know you may not. It’s tough to properly prepare, but you do the best you can. In the end, it’s just golf.”
A past champion, Axley is trying to play enough to qualify for the year-end Web.com Finals in an attempt to try and secure his card for the 2014-15 season.
“The goal is to play out here as much as I can and get into as many fields as I can.”