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William Fred Mayfair (born August 6, 1966) is an American professional golfer who plays on the PGA Tour .

Billy Mayfair
Billy Mayfair 2009 Honda Classic.jpg
Personal information
Full nameWilliam Fred Mayfair
Born (1966-08-06) August 6, 1966 (age 52)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceScottsdale, Arizona
CollegeArizona State University
Turned professional1988
Current tour(s)PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour5
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT12: 1991
U.S. OpenT5: 2002
The Open ChampionshipT3: 2001
PGA ChampionshipT5: 1990


Early years and amateur careerEdit

Mayfair was born in Phoenix, Arizona. Before his fifteenth birthday, he won numerous junior golf tournaments. In 1981, he was on the cover of Boys' Life magazine as "golf's junior hotshot". He attended Arizona State University and was a member of the golf team.[1] He won the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the 1987 U.S. Amateur,[2] defeating University of Tennessee graduate Eric Rebmann 4&3. He won the 1987 Haskins Award for the nation's top collegiate golfer.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Mayfair turned professional in 1988[1] and has won five events on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 Tour Championship. He has featured in the top 50 of the Official World Golf Rankings, going as high as 26th in 1996. He holds the distinction of being the only player to ever beat Tiger Woods in a playoff on the PGA Tour (1998 Nissan Open).[2]

Mayfair was the medalist at the 2010 PGA Tour's Qualifying School. He finished 142nd on the Tour money list that year, which granted him conditional status for 2011. He finished the 2011 season 109th on the money list and retained his tour card for 2012. In 2013 and 2014 Mayfair split his playing time between the PGA Tour and the Tour, playing mostly on the Tour in 2014.


Mayfair lives in Scottsdale, Arizona where he plays out of Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club. On July 31, 2006, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had surgery on August 3 of that year and it has been reported that the cancer was contained.[2][3]

Amateur winsEdit

Professional winsEdit

PGA Tour wins (5)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of victory Runner(s)-up
1 Sep 5, 1993 Greater Milwaukee Open −18 (67-66-69-68=270) Playoff   Mark Calcavecchia,   Ted Schulz
2 Jul 9, 1995 Motorola Western Open −9 (73-70-69-67=279) 1 stroke   Jay Haas,   Justin Leonard,
  Scott Simpson,   Jeff Maggert
3 Oct 29, 1995 The Tour Championship E (68-70-69-73=280) 3 strokes   Steve Elkington,   Corey Pavin
4 Mar 1, 1998 Nissan Open −12 (65-71-69-67=272) Playoff   Tiger Woods
5 Aug 9, 1998 Buick Open −17 (70-69-65-67=271) 2 strokes   Scott Verplank

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1990 Greater Milwaukee Open   Ed Dougherty,   Jim Gallagher, Jr. Gallagher won with par on first extra hole
2 1990 Nabisco Championship   Jodie Mudd Lost to birdie on first extra hole
3 1993 Greater Milwaukee Open   Mark Calcavecchia,   Ted Schulz Won with birdie on fourth extra hole
Schulz eliminated with par on first hole
4 1995 Phoenix Open   Vijay Singh Lost to par on first extra hole
5 1995 NEC World Series of Golf   Greg Norman,   Nick Price Norman won with birdie on first extra hole
6 1998 Nissan Open   Tiger Woods Won with birdie on first extra hole
7 2001 WorldCom Classic - The Heritage of Golf   José Cóceres Lost to par on fifth extra hole

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT
U.S. Open T25 LA T33
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament T12 T42 CUT CUT CUT CUT
U.S. Open CUT T37 T23 CUT T32 T10
The Open Championship T45 T52 CUT
PGA Championship T5 CUT CUT T28 T39 T23 T52 T53 T7 T34
Tournament 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009
Masters Tournament T32 T37 T14 59 CUT
U.S. Open CUT T5 T10 66 CUT T40
The Open Championship T3 CUT T52
PGA Championship T74 CUT CUT T61 CUT T37 T60 T47
  Top 10
  Did not play

LA = Low Amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied


Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 2 12 6
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 3 5 14 10
The Open Championship 0 0 1 1 1 1 6 4
PGA Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 18 13
Totals 0 0 1 3 6 11 50 33
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (three times)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (six times)

U.S. national team appearancesEdit



See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "PGA Tour Profile – Billy Mayfair". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "PGA Tour Media Guide – Billy Mayfair". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
  3. ^ "Mayfair undergoes surgery for testicular cancer". ESPN. Associated Press. August 5, 2006.

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