Billy Mayfair

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Billy Mayfair
Billy Mayfair 2009 Honda Classic.jpg
Personal information
Full name William Fred Mayfair
Born (1966-08-06) August 6, 1966 (age 51)
Phoenix, Arizona
Height 5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)
Nationality  United States
Residence Scottsdale, Arizona
College Arizona State University
Turned professional 1988
Current tour(s) PGA Tour Champions
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 5
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour 5
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament T12: 1991
U.S. Open T5: 2002
The Open Championship T3: 2001
PGA Championship T5: 1990

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

Early years and amateur career[edit]

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 career[edit]

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 wins[edit]

this list may be incomplete

Professional wins[edit]

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 United States Mark Calcavecchia, United States Ted Schulz
2 Jul 9, 1995 Motorola Western Open −9 (73-70-69-67=279) 1 stroke United States Jay Haas, United States Justin Leonard,
United States Scott Simpson, United States Jeff Maggert
3 Oct 29, 1995 The Tour Championship E (68-70-69-73=280) 3 strokes Australia Steve Elkington, United States Corey Pavin
4 Mar 1, 1998 Nissan Open −12 (65-71-69-67=272) Playoff United States Tiger Woods
5 Aug 9, 1998 Buick Open −17 (70-69-65-67=271) 2 strokes United States Scott Verplank

PGA Tour playoff record (2–5)

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

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT DNP
U.S. Open T25 LA T33
The Open Championship DNP DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP T12 T42 DNP CUT DNP CUT DNP CUT CUT
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T44 DNP T50 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 DNP DNP T32 T37 DNP DNP T14 59 DNP CUT
The Open Championship DNP T3 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T52
PGA Championship T74 CUT CUT T61 DNP CUT T37 T60 T47 DNP

LA = Low Amateur
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.


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 appearances[edit]



See also[edit]


  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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