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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Sunday, May 2, 2010

Mayfair playing to end drought

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Associated Press

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Winless for almost 12 years on the PGA Tour, Billy Mayfair will take whatever he can get.

There was that Friday game he won a few weeks ago at Whisper Rock, the Arizona club where members include Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey. He won a match against his wife, a good college player. And he won a qualifier Monday, significant because it gave Mayfair a tee time in the Quail Hollow Championship.

Now comes a chance for the real thing.

Mayfair kept the ball in play yesterday and kept the lead at Quail Hollow, shooting a 1-under 71 to take a two-shot lead over Masters champion Phil Mickelson and Carolina favorite Davis Love III.

A victory would be his first since the 1998 Buick Open, and the first time a Monday qualifier won on the PGA Tour since Fred Wadsworth in the 1986 Southern Open.

"Today was a real test for me," Mayfair said. "I kept it going for 18 holes and still have the lead going into tomorrow."


Champions Tour: David Frost shot a 6-under 66 to equal the course record and join Brad Bryant and David Eger atop the Champions Tour leaderboard for the inaugural Mississippi Gulf Resort Classic at Saucier, Miss.

Bryant, who had a one-shot lead heading to the final hole, bogeyed 18 for his second consecutive 68. Eger also shot a 68 at Fallen Oak Golf Club as the trio stands at 8-under 136.

European PGA: Mark Foster of England shot a 3-under 69 to take a three-shot lead after the third round of the Spanish Open at Seville, Spain.

Foster had four birdies in difficult, breezy conditions in a round that left him at 12-under 204 in his bid to end a seven-year victory drought on the European Tour.