/Axley, with help from Mother Nature, wins in Oxford on his 44th birthday

Axley, with help from Mother Nature, wins in Oxford on his 44th birthday

Axley stated that the check for $99,000 would be a nice present. Mother Nature should be thanked for her generosity by sending Axley a thank you note. She threw a blanket over Sunday’s fourth round. K.H. South Korea Lee was tied for the lead after a steady shower stopped play. The scoreboard was reverted back to Saturday’s round, when Axley had a three-shot lead. After a week of sunny, bright weather, Sunday’s cold front moved through Mississippi, pouring nearly two inches of rain onto the Country Club of Oxford course. It flooded the fairways, greens, and valleys. Axley had only played three holes before play was stopped. He called Sunday’s conditions “miserable.” “They (PGA officials), definitely made the right decision.” Axley shot rounds 71, 65, and 68 to shoot a 12-under par 204. This is three shots more than Willy Wilox and Sebastion Munoz. Axley, the 2006 Valero Open winner of the PGA Tour, made a wise decision when he saw Sunday’s weather forecast. He said, “I knew yesterday’s round could be the final round so I played like it was.” “I was aggressive.” This paid off for Tennessean who became the first player to win the web.com Tour’s Class AAA division to the PGA Tour. Axley stated that he had played well in Mississippi previously. He said, “I’ve played solid golf at the Sanderson Farms tournament and I won a tournament here in Mississippi a long while ago.” He did. He won a tournament at Grand Bear in Biloxi on the Hooters Tour in 2002. Axley’s victory Sunday was more lucrative and will help him regain his PGA Tour card. Axley smiled when asked what he would have for his birthday dinner. It will likely be liquid.” Ole Miss junior Braden Thornberry, aged 21, finished 22nd in the 156-man field tied for 22nd. His rounds of 75-6969-69 were nine shots behind the winner. Thornberry finished one under par in his fourth round. This included a stunning eagle on the hole’s fourth hole at 606 yards. Thornberry will be competing in the next week’s SEC Championship at Ole Miss. If not for the two triple bogeys in Thursday’s first round of 75, Thornberry would have been in contention. Thornberry stated, “I played solid golf and could have been lower.” It was a great week, and the tournament was a success. It was great for me to play in front of the home crowd,” Steve Jent, tournament director, called the North Mississippi Classic a success. The tournament is currently in its first year of a three year contract with the PGA Tour. Jent stated that the event will likely need a title sponsor in order to continue under the current contract.