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October 7 2011

9:28 PM

Mayfair surging at right time

For the second year in a row, Billy Mayfair has come to the Frys.com Open fighting to keep his card.

The veteran ranked 136th on the money list and was $81,097 shy of a spot in the all-exempt top 125 when he came to CordeValle in 2010. This week, though, Mayfair is in a better spot at No. 127 and just $3,907 behind the bubble boy, Tim Clark, who is recovering from shoulder surgery. (Clark is exempt regardless of where he finishes due to his 2010 victory at THE PLAYERS Championship.)

Mayfair is having a more productive week at CordeValle, too. He's 4 under through 14 holes right now and currently tied for fifth at the same number. The Arizona State product, who tied for 63rd a year ago, has risen 32 spots on the leaderboard and is currently projected at No. 111 on the money list.

Mayfair, who has five PGA TOUR victories, likely wouldn't be phased by another trip to q-school, though. After all, the  45-year-old won the qualifying tournament a year ago in his first trip to the finals since 1988.

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