Lanny Wadkins

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Lanny Wadkins
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameJerry Lanston Wadkins, Jr.
NicknameLanny
Born(1949-12-05) December 5, 1949 (age 64)
Richmond, Virginia
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
SpousePenelop
ChildrenJessica, Travis, Tucker
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1971
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins31
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour21
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour1
Other8
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT3: 1990, 1991, 1993
U.S. OpenT2: 1986
The Open ChampionshipT4: 1984
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1977
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2009 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year1985
 
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Lanny Wadkins
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameJerry Lanston Wadkins, Jr.
NicknameLanny
Born(1949-12-05) December 5, 1949 (age 64)
Richmond, Virginia
Height5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
Weight175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
SpousePenelop
ChildrenJessica, Travis, Tucker
Career
CollegeWake Forest University
Turned professional1971
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins31
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour21
Japan Golf Tour1
Champions Tour1
Other8
Best results in Major Championships
(Wins: 1)
Masters TournamentT3: 1990, 1991, 1993
U.S. OpenT2: 1986
The Open ChampionshipT4: 1984
PGA ChampionshipWon: 1977
Achievements and awards
World Golf Hall of Fame2009 (member page)
PGA Player of the Year1985

Jerry Lanston "Lanny" Wadkins, Jr. (born December 5, 1949) is an American professional golfer. He ranked in the top-10 of the Official World Golf Ranking for 86 weeks from their debut in 1986 to 1988.[1]

Early years[edit]

Born in Richmond, Virginia, Wadkins attended Meadowbrook High School,[2] then Wake Forest University on an Arnold Palmer golf scholarship.[3] He won the U.S. Amateur in 1970 in Oregon, one stroke ahead of runner-up Tom Kite,[4] and turned professional in 1971.

PGA Tour[edit]

Wadkins' first win on the PGA Tour came at the Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas in October 1972, where he finished one stroke ahead of runner-up Palmer, his scholarship benefactor.[3] Watkins was later voted Rookie of the Year on the tour in 1972. Two more wins followed in 1973 before his form dipped for three years. He bounced back to win his sole major title at the PGA Championship in 1977. He prevailed on the third hole of a sudden-death playoff at Pebble Beach against Gene Littler. It was the first time the sudden-death format was used in a stroke play major championship.[5][6]

Wadkins was runner-up in four subsequent majors (U.S. Open in 1986, PGA Championship in 1982, 1984, 1987), and finished third in the Masters three times (1990, 1991, 1993). In The Open Championship, his best finish was fourth at St. Andrews in 1984.

On the PGA Tour, Wadkins won The Players Championship at Sawgrass in 1979 and was voted PGA Player of the Year in 1985. Over his career, he picked up a win more seasons than not until 1992, when he achieved his twenty-first and final PGA Tour victory at the Canon Greater Hartford Open. During his career, he also recorded wins in Australia, Canada, Japan, and South America.

Wadkins played for the United States in the Ryder Cup eight times between 1977 and 1993, which ties the highest number of appearances in the competition by an American, alongside Raymond Floyd and Billy Casper. Wadkins collected 21½ points during his Ryder Cup career, one of the very best records on either side in the history of the competition. He also captained the team in 1995 at Oak Hill Country Club.

Champions Tour[edit]

Wadkins began play on the Champions Tour in 2000, and picked up a win in his first event at the ACE Group Classic in a four-way playoff. As a senior, he divided his time between competition and broadcasting work with CBS Sports and did not become a regular winner at senior level.

Television[edit]

Following the retirement of Ken Venturi in June 2002, Wadkins was the lead analyst for CBS for over four years, until he was replaced by Nick Faldo after the 2006 season. He is currently the lead analyst for the Champions Tour on Golf Channel.[7]

Hall of Fame[edit]

Wadkins was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009.[8]

Personal[edit]

Wadkins' younger brother Bobby currently plays on the Champions Tour. Lanny is married to Penelope Wadkins and has three children: Jessica, Travis, and Tucker. Tucker plays golf for the University of Arizona. In 2011, Travis played on the eGolf Tour and made it to the final stage of the PGA Tour's Qualifying School but failed to earn a card. A nephew, Ron Whittaker, is a professional golfer on the second-tier Web.com Tour with 77 PGA Tour starts.[9]

Amateur wins (5)[edit]

Professional wins (31)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (21)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runner(s)-up
1Sep 12, 1972Sahara Invitational65-69-70-69=273−151 strokeUnited States Arnold Palmer
2Apr 29, 1973Byron Nelson Golf Classic71-68-71-67=277−3PlayoffUnited States Dan Sikes
3Aug 19, 1973USI Classic71-69-70-69=279−92 strokesUnited States Lee Elder, United States Tom Jenkins,
United States Rik Massengale
4Aug 14, 1977PGA Championship69-71-72-70=282−6PlayoffUnited States Gene Littler
5Sep 5, 1977World Series of Golf69-69-66-67=271−135 strokesUnited States Hale Irwin, United States Tom Weiskopf
6Feb 25, 1979Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open66-72-69-69=276−81 strokesUnited States Lon Hinkle
7Mar 31, 1979Tournament Players Championship67-68-76-72=283−55 strokesUnited StatesTom Watson
8Jan 25, 1982Phoenix Open65-70-63-65=263−216 strokesUnited States Jerry Pate
9Apr 18, 1982MONY Tournament of Champions67-72-68-73=280−83 strokesUnited States Andy Bean, Australia David Graham,
United States Craig Stadler, United States Ron Streck
10Aug 22, 1982Buick Open66-71-71-65=273−151 strokeUnited States Tom Kite
11Apr 3, 1983Greater Greensboro Open72-69-67-67=275−135 strokesUnited States Craig Stadler, Zimbabwe Denis Watson
12Apr 24, 1983MONY Tournament of Champions67-70-71-72=280−81 strokeUnited States Raymond Floyd
13Jan 13, 1985Bob Hope Classic67-67-68-66-65=333−27PlayoffUnited States Craig Stadler
14Jan 27, 1985Los Angeles Open63-70-67-64=264−207 strokesUnited States Hal Sutton
15Oct 13, 1985Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic68-67-69-63=267−213 strokesUnited States Mike Donald, United States Scott Hoch
16Mar 1, 1987Doral-Ryder Open75-66-66-70=277−113 strokesSpain Seve Ballesteros, United States Tom Kite,
United States Don Pooley
17Feb 14, 1988Hawaiian Open68-71-66-66=271−161 strokeCanada Richard Zokol
18May 22, 1988Colonial National Invitation67-68-70-65=270−92 strokesUnited States Mark Calcavecchia, United States Ben Crenshaw,
United States Joey Sindelar
19Jul 8, 1990Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic65-66-67-68=266−185 strokesUnited States Larry Mize
20Jan 20, 1991United Hawaiian Open69-67-69-65=270−184 strokesUnited StatesJohn Cook
21Aug 2, 1992Canon Greater Hartford Open68-70-71-65=274−62 strokesUnited States Dan Forsman, United States Donnie Hammond,
Zimbabwe Nick Price

PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11972Phoenix OpenUnited States Homero BlancasLost to birdie on first extra hole
21973Byron Nelson Golf ClassicUnited States Dan SikesWon with par on first extra hole
31977PGA ChampionshipUnited States Gene LittlerWon with par on third extra hole
41983Joe Garagiola-Tucson OpenUnited States Gil Morgan, United States Curtis StrangeMorgan won with birdie on second extra hole
51985Bob Hope ClassicUnited States Craig StadlerWon with birdie on fifth extra hole
61987PGA ChampionshipUnited States Larry NelsonLost to par on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)[edit]

Other wins (8)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (1)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreTo parMargin
of victory
Runners-up
1Feb 13, 2000ACE Group Classic67-68-67=202−14PlayoffSpain José Maria Cañizares, United States Walter Hall,
United States Tom Watson

Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)

No.YearTournamentOpponentsResult
12000ACE Group ClassicSpain José Maria Cañizares, United States Walter Hall
United States Tom Watson
Won with par on third extra hole
Hall and Watson eliminated with par on first hole

Major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionship54 holesWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
1977PGA Championship6 shot deficit−6 (69-71-72-70=282)Playoff1United States Gene Littler

1Defeated Littler with a par on the third extra hole.

Results timeline[edit]

Tournament1970197119721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentCUTCUTT19T29CUTDNPDNPDNPT18T7
U.S. OpenDNPT13T25T7T26T38DNPDNPCUTT19
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPT7T22CUTDNPDNPCUTDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPT16T3CUTDNPCUT1T3470
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentCUTT21T33T8CUTT18T31T12T11T26
U.S. OpenCUTT14T67T11T5T2T36T12CUT
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPT29T4CUTDNPT29T34T26
PGA ChampionshipT30T332CUTT2T10T112T25CUT
Tournament1990199119921993199419951996199719981999
Masters TournamentT3T3T48T3T18CUTDNPDNPDNPDNP
U.S. OpenT51T63CUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipCUTT73T45CUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTT43T40T14T61T63CUTT58DNPT34
Tournament20002001
Masters TournamentDNPDNP
U.S. OpenDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUTCUT

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament00335122317
U.S. Open01025112016
The Open Championship000123149
PGA Championship13156102820
Totals1441118368562

U.S. national team appearances[edit]

Amateur

Professional

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking". Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Class of 1996: Lanny Wadkins". Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved January 23, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b "Rookie Wadkins scrambles to first golf tour win". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. October 30, 1972. p. 15. 
  4. ^ "Wadkins captures Amateur golf title". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. September 6, 1970. p. D2. 
  5. ^ Parascenzo, Marino (August 15, 1977). "Littler comes apart, Wadkins captures PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 20. 
  6. ^ Jenkins, Dan (August 22, 1977). "The battle of the ages". Sports Illustrated: 12. 
  7. ^ "Lanny Wadkins Joins Golf Channel Champions Tour Broadcast Team". Golf Channel. January 17, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Wadkins to join World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2009". PGA Tour. April 23, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "PGA Tour Media Guide – Ron Whittaker". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 

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