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Mayfair undergoes surgery for testicular cancer

8/5/2006 - Golf

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Billy Mayfair, a five-time winner on
the PGA Tour, was diagnosed with testicular cancer earlier this
week at the Buick Open and had surgery in Arizona.

Dr. Gil Brito at the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Hospital said
surgery went well on Thursday and the cancer was contained.
Mayfair's testicular cancer is considered one of the most common
types and highly curable.

Mayfair has a chance to return in time for the PGA Championship
at Medinah, which starts Aug. 17, his doctor said.

"I'm doing well," Mayfair said. "I want to thank everyone for
their well wishes and support, and especially want to thank Dr.
Brito and the Scottsdale Healthcare Shea Hospital for the urgency
they displayed in dealing with my health and well-being."

Mayfair, who turns 40 on Sunday, is coming off one of his best
years on the PGA Tour. Using a one-time exemption for career money
to keep his card, he finished 22nd on the PGA Tour money list with
over $2.2 million.

He is 39th on the money list this year.