|Full name||William Fred Mayfair|
|Born||August 6, 1966|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||195 lb (88 kg; 13.9 st)|
|College||Arizona State University|
|Current tour(s)||PGA Tour Champions|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Highest ranking||25 (June 30, 1996)|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T12: 1991|
|PGA Championship||T5: 1990|
|U.S. Open||T5: 2002|
|The Open Championship||T3: 2001|
Early years and amateur career
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. He won the 1986 U.S. Amateur Public Links and the 1987 U.S. Amateur, defeating University of Tennessee graduate Eric Rebmann 4&3. He won the 1987 Haskins Award for the nation's top collegiate golfer.
Mayfair turned professional in 1988 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).
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 Web.com Tour, playing mostly on the Web.com Tour in 2014. During his PGA Tour career, Mayfair made 761 starts and earned over $20.3 million. In 2016, he joined PGA Tour Champions.
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.
this list may be incomplete
Professional wins (5)
PGA Tour wins (5)
|Tour Championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (4)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|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,|
Jeff Maggert, Scott Simpson
|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)
|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 championships
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||T45||T52||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T3||CUT||T52|
LA = Low Amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" = tied
|The Open Championship||0||0||1||1||1||1||6||4|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 4 (three times)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 1 (six times)
Results in The Players Championship
|The Players Championship||CUT||CUT||T73||T67||T52||CUT||T18||CUT||CUT||T42||CUT|
|The Players Championship||T17||T5||CUT||CUT||T58||CUT||CUT||72||T32|
|The Players Championship||CUT|
CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Results in World Golf Championships
1Cancelled due to 9/11
QF, R16, R32, R64 = Round in which player lost in match play
"T" = Tied
NT = No tournament
Note that the HSBC Champions did not become a WGC event until 2009.
U.S. national team appearances
- "Week 26 1996 Ending 30 Jun 1996" (pdf). OWGR. Retrieved October 3, 2019.
- "PGA Tour Profile – Billy Mayfair". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "PGA Tour Media Guide – Billy Mayfair". PGA Tour. Retrieved October 23, 2013.
- "Mayfair undergoes surgery for testicular cancer". ESPN. Associated Press. August 5, 2006.
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