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 the ranking's debut in 1986 to 1988.
|Full name||Jerry Lanston Wadkins Jr.|
|Born||December 5, 1949|
|Height||5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12.5 st)|
|Children||Jessica, Travis, Tucker|
|College||Wake Forest University|
|Former tour(s)||PGA Tour|
|Number of wins by tour|
|Japan Golf Tour||1|
|PGA Tour Champions||1|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||T3: 1990, 1991, 1993|
|U.S. Open||T2: 1986|
|The Open Championship||T4: 1984|
|PGA Championship||Won: 1977|
|Achievements and awards|
|World Golf Hall of Fame||2009 (member page)|
|PGA Player of the Year||1985|
Born in Richmond, Virginia, Wadkins attended Meadowbrook High School, then Wake Forest University on an Arnold Palmer golf scholarship. He won the U.S. Amateur in 1970 in Oregon, one stroke ahead of runner-up Tom Kite, and turned professional in 1971.
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. Wadkins 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.
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.
Like many star American golfers Wadkins was invited to play in a number of international tournaments. He won the 1978 Victorian PGA Championship, an event in Australia, and the 1979 Bridgestone Open, an event on the Japan Golf Tour. He also finished runner-up at the 1979 German Open, 1980 Air New Zealand Shell Open, and 1990 Austrian Open. He also won unofficial events in South America, Canada, and Japan.
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 (Phil Mickelson and Jim Furyk have since made ten and nine appearances, respectively). Wadkins collected 211/ 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.
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 the senior level.
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.
Hall of FameEdit
Politically, Wadkins is a Republican. Wadkins' younger brother, Bobby, currently plays on the Champions Tour. Lanny is married to Penelope Wadkins and has three children: Jessica, Travis, and Tucker. Travis played on the Wake Forest University golf team 2006–2010. Tucker played on the University of Arizona golf team 2011–2015. 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.
Amateur wins (5)Edit
Professional wins (32)Edit
PGA Tour wins (21)Edit
|Major championships (1)|
|Players Championships (1)|
|Other PGA Tour (19)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Oct 29, 1972||Sahara Invitational||65-69-70-69=273||−11||1 stroke||Arnold Palmer|
|2||Apr 29, 1973||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||71-68-71-67=277||−3||Playoff||Dan Sikes|
|3||Aug 19, 1973||USI Classic||71-69-70-69=279||−9||2 strokes|| Lee Elder, Tom Jenkins,|
|4||Aug 14, 1977||PGA Championship||69-71-72-70=282||−6||Playoff||Gene Littler|
|5||Sep 5, 1977||World Series of Golf||69-66-67-65=267||−13||5 strokes||Hale Irwin, Tom Weiskopf|
|6||Feb 25, 1979||Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open||66-72-69-69=276||−8||1 stroke||Lon Hinkle|
|7||Mar 25, 1979||Tournament Players Championship||67-68-76-72=283||−5||5 strokes||Tom Watson|
|8||Jan 25, 1982||Phoenix Open||65-70-63-65=263||−21||6 strokes||Jerry Pate|
|9||Apr 18, 1982||MONY Tournament of Champions||67-72-68-73=280||−8||3 strokes|| Andy Bean, David Graham,|
Craig Stadler, Ron Streck
|10||Aug 22, 1982||Buick Open||66-71-71-65=273||−15||1 stroke||Tom Kite|
|11||Apr 3, 1983||Greater Greensboro Open||72-69-67-67=275||−13||5 strokes||Craig Stadler, Denis Watson|
|12||Apr 24, 1983||MONY Tournament of Champions||67-70-71-72=280||−8||1 stroke||Raymond Floyd|
|13||Jan 13, 1985||Bob Hope Classic||67-67-68-66-65=333||−27||Playoff||Craig Stadler|
|14||Jan 27, 1985||Los Angeles Open||63-70-67-64=264||−20||7 strokes||Hal Sutton|
|15||Oct 13, 1985||Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic||68-67-69-63=267||−21||1 stroke||Mike Donald, Scott Hoch|
|16||Mar 1, 1987||Doral-Ryder Open||75-66-66-70=277||−11||3 strokes|| Seve Ballesteros, Tom Kite,|
|17||Feb 14, 1988||Hawaiian Open||68-71-66-66=271||−17||1 stroke||Richard Zokol|
|18||May 22, 1988||Colonial National Invitation||67-68-70-65=270||−10||1 stroke|| Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Crenshaw,|
|19||Jul 8, 1990||Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic||65-66-67-68=266||−18||5 strokes||Larry Mize|
|20||Jan 20, 1991||United Hawaiian Open||69-67-69-65=270||−18||4 strokes||John Cook|
|21||Aug 2, 1992||Canon Greater Hartford Open||68-70-71-65=274||−6||2 strokes|| Dan Forsman, Donnie Hammond,|
PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)
|1||1972||Phoenix Open||Homero Blancas||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
|2||1973||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||Dan Sikes||Won with par on first extra hole|
|3||1977||PGA Championship||Gene Littler||Won with par on third extra hole|
|4||1983||Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open||Gil Morgan, Curtis Strange||Morgan won with birdie on second extra hole|
|5||1985||Bob Hope Classic||Craig Stadler||Won with birdie on fifth extra hole|
|6||1987||PGA Championship||Larry Nelson||Lost to par on first extra hole|
Japan Golf Tour wins (1)Edit
Other wins (9)Edit
- 1971 Virginia Open
- 1978 Victorian PGA Championship, Canadian PGA Championship
- 1980 PGA Grand Slam of Golf (United States - unofficial event)
- 1981 Caribbean Open (Colombia)
- 1984 World Nissan Championship (Japan)
- 1990 Fred Meyer Challenge (with Bobby Wadkins)
- 1991 Shark Shootout Benefiting RMCC (with Tom Purtzer)
- 2015 PNC Father Son Challenge (with son Tucker)
Champions Tour wins (1)Edit
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||To par||Margin
|1||Feb 13, 2000||ACE Group Classic||67-68-67=202||−14||Playoff|| José Maria Cañizares, Walter Hall,|
Champions Tour playoff record (1–0)
|1||2000||ACE Group Classic|| José Maria Cañizares, Walter Hall
|Won with par on third extra hole|
Hall and Watson eliminated with par on first hole
European Tour playoff record (0–1)
|1||1990||Austrian Open||Bernhard Langer||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|Year||Championship||54 holes||Winning score||Margin||Runner-up|
|1977||PGA Championship||6 shot deficit||−6 (69-71-72-70=282)||Playoff1||Gene Littler|
1Defeated Littler with a par on the third extra hole.
|The Open Championship||T7||T22||CUT||CUT|
|The Open Championship||T29||T4||CUT||T29||T34||T26|
|The Open Championship||CUT||T73||T45||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1985 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place.
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||1||2||3||14||9|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (1985 PGA – 1989 Masters)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)
U.S. national team appearancesEdit
- "69 Players Who Have Reached The Top-10 In World Ranking" (PDF). Official World Golf Ranking. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "Class of 1996: Lanny Wadkins". Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum. Retrieved January 23, 2014.
- "Rookie Wadkins scrambles to first golf tour win". Spokesman-Review. Associated Press. October 30, 1972. p. 15.
- "Wadkins captures Amateur golf title". Palm Beach Post. Associated Press. September 6, 1970. p. D2.
- Parascenzo, Marino (August 15, 1977). "Littler comes apart, Wadkins captures PGA". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. p. 20.
- Jenkins, Dan (August 22, 1977). "The battle of the ages". Sports Illustrated. p. 12.
- "Lanny Wadkins Joins Golf Channel Champions Tour Broadcast Team". Golf Channel. January 17, 2013. Retrieved August 3, 2013.
- "Wadkins to join World Golf Hall of Fame Class of 2009". PGA Tour. April 23, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
- "PGA Tour Media Guide – Ron Whittaker". PGA Tour. Retrieved January 2, 2014.