Billy Mayfair – Local Celebrity

Billy Mayfair is a professional golfer who plays on the PGA tour. Mayfair was born in Phoenix and turned professional in 1988 winning five events on the PGA Tour, including the 1995 Tour Championship.

In 1981, when he was 15-years-old, he was on the cover of Boys’ Life magazine as “Golf’s Junior Hotshot”. Later, Mayfair attended Arizona State University where he was a member of the golf team. He won the 1987 Haskins Award for the nation’s top collegiate golfer.

He has been 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 PGA Tour’s Qualifying School in 2010. He finished 142nd on the Tour money list that year granting him conditional status for 2011. He finished the 2011 season 109th on the money list and retained his tour card for 2012.

On July 31, 2006, he was diagnosed with testicular cancer. He had surgery on August 3 of that year and it’s reported that the cancer was contained. Mayfair lives in Scottsdale with his wife Tami where he plays out of Estrella Mountain Ranch Golf Club.

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