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Mayfair Sets Records at Buick Open

August 12, 2001

GRAND BLANC, Mich. (AP) _ Billy Mayfair set the PGA Tour nine-hole record with a 9-under par 27 on the back nine en route to a tournament record 11-under 61 Sunday at the Buick Open.

Mayfair also broke the Tour’s birdie-eagle streak with eight consecutive holes under par on Nos. 9-16. He eagled the 401-yard, par-4 10th and birdied the other seven holes.

After parring 17, he finished the round with a 12-foot birdie putt.

``The hole just looked as big as a tub,″ Mayfair said. ``I just tried to stay out of my own way.″

Two other golfers have shot 27s, but Mike Souchak was 8 under when he did it at the 1955 Texas Open and Andy North was 7 under at the 1975 B.C. Open.

Mayfair surpassed Al Geiberger’s birdie-eagle streak of seven, which he set at the 1977 Danny Thomas Memphis Classic and Webb Heintzelman tied at the 1989 Las Vegas Invitational.

``This is great,″ said Mayfair, the 1998 Buick Open champion. ``It’ll get my name in the record books and I hope it stays there for a long time.″

Despite the 61, Mayfair knew he had no chance to win the tournament where Kenny Perry entered the final round at a tournament record 22-under 194. Mayfair finished at 17-under 271.

``When you’re teeing off hours before the leaders, you know you’re not going to win,″ Mayfair said, ``When I handed the putter to my caddie on 18, I told him, ’I hope we at least hold on for the top 25.‴

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