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Robert Edwin Wadkins (born July 26, 1951) is an American professional golfer. His older brother, Lanny, won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1977 PGA Championship, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Bobby Wadkins
Personal information
Full nameRobert Edwin Wadkins
Born (1951-07-26) July 26, 1951 (age 68)
Richmond, Virginia
Height6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeUniversity of Houston
East Tennessee State University
Turned professional1973
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins11
Number of wins by tour
European Tour1
Japan Golf Tour2
PGA Tour Champions4
Other4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament21st: 1987
PGA ChampionshipT7: 1987
U.S. OpenT4: 1987
The Open ChampionshipDNP

Wadkins was born in Richmond, Virginia. Between Bobby and Lanny, they held the Richmond, Virginia city junior title for six consecutive years – two by Bobby and four by Lanny.[1] After attending the University of Houston for one year, Wadkins earned All-American honors in 1972–73 at East Tennessee State University.

Wadkins turned pro in 1973. He never won on the PGA Tour despite six runner-up finishes in 715 events, but he did win on the European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. Since turning 50, he has played on the Champions Tour and won four times, including one senior major, the 2006 Senior Players Championship. Wadkins is tied with Mark Wiebe as the Champions Tour's youngest winner at the age of 50 years and 10 days[2] when he captured the Lightpath Long Island Classic.[1]

Amateur wins (1)Edit

  • 1972 Virginia State Amateur

Professional wins (10)Edit

PGA Tour playoff record (0–1)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1985 Sea Pines Heritage   Bernhard Langer Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Oct 22, 1978 European Open −5 (71-72-72-68=283) Playoff   Bernard Gallacher,   Gil Morgan

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1978 European Open   Bernard Gallacher,   Gil Morgan Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour Tour wins (2)Edit

Other wins (4)Edit

Champions Tour wins (4)Edit

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Aug 5, 2001 Lightpath Long Island Classic −14 (65-69-68=202) 1 stroke   Allen Doyle
2 May 14, 2006 The Boeing Championship at Sandestin −10 (62-71-70=203) 1 stroke   Raymond Floyd
3 Jul 16, 2006 Ford Senior Players Championship −14 (69-72-65-68=274) 1 stroke   Jim Thorpe
4 Feb 25, 2007 The ACE Group Classic −15 (64-69-68=201) 1 stroke   Allen Doyle

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T35 T46
PGA Championship T54 71
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT 21 CUT
U.S. Open T12 T43 T60 T65 T46 T15 T4 CUT 66
PGA Championship T59 T67 T49 T27 CUT WD T41 T7 T66 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T33 CUT CUT
PGA Championship T66 CUT CUT

Note: Wadkins never played in The Open Championship.

  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = withdrew
"T" = tied

SummaryEdit

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 14 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 15 10
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 5 32 22
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1987 U.S. Open – 1987 PGA)

Results in The Players ChampionshipEdit

Tournament 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
The Players Championship T8 CUT CUT T12 CUT CUT T37 T56 T49 CUT T64 CUT CUT T51 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007
The Players Championship T36 T9 CUT T61 T41 CUT
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Senior major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2006 Ford Senior Players Championship −14 (69-72-65-68=274) 1 stroke   Jim Thorpe

Results timelineEdit

Results not in chronological order before 2017.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019
The Tradition T13 T52 T24 T49 3 T52 T18 T50 T34 WD 73 T74 77 T77 T72
Senior PGA Championship T2 2 T25 CUT T63 CUT T53 T49 61 CUT T51 CUT T73 CUT
U.S. Senior Open T11 T35 CUT WD CUT T29 T37 T47 CUT
Senior Players Championship T12 T40 T34 T37 1 T25 T18 73 T52 T37 T60 WD 74
Senior British Open Championship T32 T58

The Senior British Open was not a senior major until 2003.

  Win
  Top 10
  Did not play

CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "2012 Senior PGA Championship profile". PGA of America. Retrieved September 3, 2014.
  2. ^ "Wiebe dominates from start to finish in first Champions start". PGA Tour. Associated Press. September 23, 2007. Archived from the original on September 13, 2012. Retrieved July 18, 2012.

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