Mayday for Mayfair

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Billy Mayfair has fond memories of Southern Hills Country Club; he won his most prestigious tournament there in 1995, the Tour Championship.
 
The Tulsa, Okla., venue will play host to this years U.S. Open.
 
Advantage Mayfair, right?
 
Well, not quite. Theres one small problem. Mayfair isnt exempt for the seasons second major.
 
However, alls not lost for the 1981 U.S. Amateur champion. He still has three weeks left to qualify for the National Championship.
 
If I dont make the U.S. Open Im going to be very disappointed. Its going to be hard to watch it on television, said Mayfair, who has played in nine prior Opens.
 
Basically, Mayfair has three options. No. 1, he can make his way into the top 50 in the World Golf Ranking by the conclusion of the Kemper Open. Hes currently ranked 71st entering this weeks Verizon Byron Nelson Classic.
 
Secondly, the 34-year-old Arizonan can creep into the top 10 on the 2001 tour money list ' also by the end of the Kemper. Thats probably his best chance, as he currently resides in 15th place in earnings, less than $300,000 removed from the 10th position.
 
The final way is the least desirable ' the old fashion way ' trying to earn a spot through Open qualifying. The final stage is contested after the Memorial Tournament, two weeks prior to the Open.
 
Mayfair would have been closer to attaining his goal had he prevailed in this years WorldCom Classic. Though he had his chances, Mayfair failed to garner his first tour title in three years. Instead, Jose Coceres, who was already exempt into the Open due to his finish on the 2000 European Tour money list, cashed the $630,000 first-place check.
 
The $252,000 difference between first and second place wouldnt have been enough to vault Mayfair into the top 10 on the money list, but it certainly would have made things a little easier as the weeks to qualify dwindle away.
 
I had a big chance at Hilton Head, but let it slip away, said Mayfair, who has three top-6 finishes in his last four starts.
 
Just as Mayfair has fond memories of Southern Hills, the same holds true for the course he played Friday, the TPC at Las Colinas.
 
Mayfair married his wife, Tammy, on the 18th green at Las Colinas prior to the 1994 Byron Nelson Classic
 
Were going to be spending the rest of our lives on golf courses. We though we might as well be married on one, Mayfair explained.
 
Thursday marked the couples seven-year anniversary. Mayfair wanted to make seven birdies for his wife, but settled for six and a round of 5-under 65 at Cottonwood Valley.
 
Fridays second round wasnt worthy of celebration, but it wasnt one to be lamented, either. Mayfair notched an even-par 70 at Las Colinas, the harder of the two courses in rotation over the first two rounds.
 
Im happy with where I am, said Mayfair, whose last of five tour victories came in the 1998 Buick Open.
 
My immediate goal is winning. I want to win. I havent won for three years and its time for me to win.
 
A win this week would be two-fold for Mayfair; hed attain both short- and long-term goals in one fell swoop.
 
A victory would also be an exceptional belated anniversary gift to his wife - $810,000 goes to the winner.
 
Full-field scores from the Verizon Byron Nelson Classic