Mayfair undergoes surgery for testicular cancer

Updated: August 5, 2006, 8:21 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

Billy Mayfair
Mayfair

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.


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