Throwback to When Billy Mayfair Paid an Unforgettable Tribute to Pat Tillman at the 2011 Phoenix Open

Published 02/08/2022, 2:17 PM EST

Billy Mayfair is one of the most popular golfers on the PGA Tour. Even though the 55-year-old has just five PGA Tour wins in his career, he never failed to entertain the crowd. Currently, he mostly competes on the PGA Tour Champions, which is the senior tour. 

Notably, Billy is the youngest golfer on the PGA Tour with 600 starts. He achieved this feat at 41. Having made his debut in 1988, his most famous win came at the 1995 Tour Championship. Now, as the WM Phoenix Open is all set to begin this week, we remember Billy Mayfair’s iconic tribute to Pat Tillman at the same event. 

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When Billy Mayfair paid tribute to Pat Tillman at the 2011 WM Phoenix Open

When we talk about the WM Phoenix Open, we often recollect the incredible tribute Billy Mayfair paid to the American Footballer, Pat Tillman. Notably, Pat was a prominent NFL player who joined the army and unfortunately lost his life in the line of duty.

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As a sign of respect and remembrance, Billy Mayfair paid tribute to Pat by wearing his jersey on the 16th hole at the 2011 WM Phoenix Open. Not to forget, the local native, Billy, had almost made an ace on the par-3 16th hole. The ball landed on the green and went towards the pin but sadly, lipped out. However, Billy made sure that he completes the putt and made a birdie. 

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Meanwhile, he made this tribute birdie in the second round of the event. And as the 2022 WM Phoenix Open is all set to begin this week, the PGA Tour Champions posted this throwback video on their Instagram to refresh the memory. Deservingly so, Mayfair received a lot of appreciation from fans for this lovely gesture towards Pat Tillman. 

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In terms of the results, Mark Wilson won the event in the playoffs against Jason Dufner. However, sadly, Billy couldn’t make it past the cut line as only the top 70 and ties made it to the weekend. Mayfair shot 73 and 67 in the first and second round, respectively. But despite not reaching the finish line, his outing is still remembered by many for all the right reasons.

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Amey Kulkarni

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Amey Kulkarni is a Golf writer at EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor’s degree in mass media from HR College, Mumbai. Before joining EssentiallySports he used to write articles on Golf and Cricket on his personal blog cricgolf.

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