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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.

Early years

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.

PGA Tour

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 21 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

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.

Television

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 Fame

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

Personal

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)

  • 1968 Southern Amateur
  • 1969 Eastern Amateur
  • 1970 U.S. Amateur, Southern Amateur, Western Amateur

Professional wins (32)

PGA Tour wins (21)

{
-
Legend
-
Major championships (1)
-
Players Championships (1)
-
Other PGA Tour (19)
{
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner(s)-up
-
align=center1
align=rightOct 29, 1972
Sahara Invitational
align=right65-69-70-69=273
align=center−11
1 stroke
Arnold Palmer
-
align=center2
align=rightApr 29, 1973
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
align=right71-68-71-67=277
align=center−3
Playoff
Dan Sikes
-
align=center3
align=rightAug 19, 1973
USI Classic
align=right71-69-70-69=279
align=center−9
2 strokes
Lee Elder, Tom Jenkins,
Rik Massengale
-
align=center4
align=rightAug 14, 1977
PGA Championship
align=right69-71-72-70=282
align=center−6
Playoff
Gene Littler
-
align=center5
align=rightSep 5, 1977
World Series of Golf
align=right69-66-67-65=267
align=center−13
5 strokes
Hale Irwin, Tom Weiskopf
-
align=center6
align=rightFeb 25, 1979
Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open
align=right66-72-69-69=276
align=center−8
1 stroke
Lon Hinkle
-
align=center7
align=rightMar 25, 1979
Tournament Players Championship
align=right67-68-76-72=283
align=center−5
5 strokes
Tom Watson
-
align=center8
align=rightJan 25, 1982
Phoenix Open
align=right65-70-63-65=263
align=center−21
6 strokes
Jerry Pate
-
align=center9
align=rightApr 18, 1982
MONY Tournament of Champions
align=right67-72-68-73=280
align=center−8
3 strokes
Andy Bean, David Graham,
Craig Stadler, Ron Streck
-
align=center10
align=rightAug 22, 1982
Buick Open
align=right66-71-71-65=273
align=center−15
1 stroke
Tom Kite
-
align=center11
align=rightApr 3, 1983
Greater Greensboro Open
align=right72-69-67-67=275
align=center−13
5 strokes
Craig Stadler, Denis Watson
-
align=center12
align=rightApr 24, 1983
MONY Tournament of Champions (2)
align=right67-70-71-72=280
align=center−8
1 stroke
Raymond Floyd
-
align=center13
align=rightJan 13, 1985
Bob Hope Classic
align=right67-67-68-66-65=333
align=center−27
Playoff
Craig Stadler
-
align=center14
align=rightJan 27, 1985
Los Angeles Open (2)
align=right63-70-67-64=264
align=center−20
7 strokes
Hal Sutton
-
align=center15
align=rightOct 13, 1985
Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
align=right68-67-69-63=267
align=center−21
1 stroke
Mike Donald, Scott Hoch
-
align=center16
align=rightMar 1, 1987
Doral-Ryder Open
align=right75-66-66-70=277
align=center−11
3 strokes
Seve Ballesteros, Tom Kite,
Don Pooley
-
align=center17
align=rightFeb 14, 1988
Hawaiian Open
align=right68-71-66-66=271
align=center−17
1 stroke
Richard Zokol
-
align=center18
align=rightMay 22, 1988
Colonial National Invitation
align=right67-68-70-65=270
align=center−10
1 stroke
Mark Calcavecchia, Ben Crenshaw,
Joey Sindelar
-
align=center19
align=rightJul 8, 1990
Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
align=right65-66-67-68=266
align=center−18
5 strokes
Larry Mize
-
align=center20
align=rightJan 20, 1991
United Hawaiian Open (2)
align=right69-67-69-65=270
align=center−18
4 strokes
John Cook
-
align=center21
align=rightAug 2, 1992
Canon Greater Hartford Open
align=right68-70-71-65=274
align=center−6
2 strokes
Dan Forsman, Donnie Hammond,
Nick Price
PGA Tour playoff record (3–3)
{
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent(s)!!Result
-
align=center1
1972
Phoenix Open
Homero Blancas
Lost to birdie on first extra hole
-
align=center2
1973
Byron Nelson Golf Classic
Dan Sikes
Won with par on first extra hole
-
align=center3
1977
PGA Championship
Gene Littler
Won with par on third extra hole
-
align=center4
1983
Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open
Gil Morgan, Curtis Strange
Morgan won with birdie on second extra hole
-
align=center5
1985
Bob Hope Classic
Craig Stadler
Won with birdie on fifth extra hole
-
align=center6
1987
PGA Championship
Larry Nelson
Lost to par on first extra hole

European Tour wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
-
Legend
-
Major championships (1)
-
Other European Tour (0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=rightAug 14, 1977
PGA Championship
align=right69-71-72-70=282
align=center−6
Playoff
Gene Littler
European Tour playoff record (1–2)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponent!!Result
-
align=center1
1977
PGA Championship
Gene Littler
Won with par on third extra hole
-
align=center2
1987
PGA Championship
Larry Nelson
Lost to par on first extra hole
-
align=center3
1990
Austrian Open
Bernhard Langer
Lost to birdie on third extra hole

Japan Golf Tour wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=right28 Oct 1979
Bridgestone Tournament
align=right66-71-69-71=277
align=center−11
1 stroke
Yoshikazu Yokoshima

PGA Tour of Australasia wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.
!Date
!Tournament
!Winning score
!To par
!Margin of
victory
!Runner-up
-
align=center1
align=right22 Oct 1978
Garden State Victorian PGA Championship
align=right75-68-69-69=281
align=center−7
3 strokes
Bob Shearer

Other wins (8)

  • 1971 Virginia Open
  • 1978 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)

Senior PGA Tour wins (1)

{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Date!!Tournament!!Winning score!!To par!!Margin of
victory!!Runners-up
-
align=center1
Feb 13, 2000
ACE Group Classic
align=center67-68-67=202
align=center−14
Playoff
José María Cañizares, Walter Hall,
Tom Watson
Senior PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)
{ class="wikitable"
!No.!!Year!!Tournament!!Opponents!!Result
-
align=center1
2000
ACE Group Classic
José María Cañizares, Walter Hall,
Tom Watson
Won with par on third extra hole
Hall and Watson eliminated with par on first hole

Major championships

Wins (1)

{class="wikitable"
!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.

Results timeline

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1970
!1971
!1972
!1973
!1974
!1975
!1976
!1977
!1978
!1979
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
CUT
CUT
T19
T29
CUT
T18
T7
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T13
T25
T7
T26
T38
CUT
T19
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T7
T22
CUT
CUT
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T16
T3
CUT
CUT
1
T34
70
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1980
!1981
!1982
!1983
!1984
!1985
!1986
!1987
!1988
!1989
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
CUT
T21
T33
T8
CUT
T18
T31
T12
T11
T26
-
align=leftU.S. Open
CUT
T14
T6
7
T11
T5
T2
T36
T12
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
T29
T4
CUT
T29
T34
T26
-
align=leftPGA Championship
T30
T33
2
CUT
T2
T10
T11
2
T25
CUT
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1990
!1991
!1992
!1993
!1994
!1995
!1996
!1997
!1998
!1999
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
T3
T3
T48
T3
T18
CUT
-
align=leftU.S. Open
T51
T63
CUT
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
CUT
T73
T45
CUT
-
align=leftPGA Championship
CUT
T43
T40
T14
T61
T63
CUT
T58
T34
{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!2000
!2001
-
align=leftMasters Tournament
-
align=leftU.S. Open
-
align=leftThe Open Championship
-
align=leftPGA Championship
CUT
CUT
CUT = missed the halfway cut (3rd round cut in 1985 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

Summary

{ class=wikitable style=text-align:center
!Tournament !! Wins !! 2nd !! 3rd !! Top-5 !! Top-10 !! Top-25 !! Events !! Cuts made
-
align=leftMasters Tournament 0 0 3 3 5 12 23 17
-
align=leftU.S. Open 0 1 0 2 5 11 20 16
-
align=leftThe Open Championship 0 0 0 1 2 3 14 9
-
align=leftPGA Championship 1 3 1 5 6 10 28 20
-
!Totals !! 1 !! 4 !! 4 !! 11 !! 18 !! 36 !! 85 !! 62
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (1985 PGA – 1989 Masters)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 3 (twice)

The Players Championship

Wins (1)

{class="wikitable"
!Year!!Championship!!54 holes!!Winning score!!Margin!!Runner-up
-
1979 Tournament Players Championship 3 shot lead −5 (67-68-76-72=283) 5 strokes Tom Watson

Results timeline

{ cellpadding="3" cellspacing="0" border="1"
-
!align="left"Tournament
!1975
!1976
!1977
!1978
!1979
!1980
!1981
!1982
!1983
!1984
!1985
!1986
!1987
!1988
!1989
!1990
!1991
!1992
!1993
!1994
!1995
!1996
-
align=leftThe Players Championship
WD
T65
T34
CUT
1
T45
CUT
CUT
CUT
T5
CUT
T40
CUT
T6
T41
CUT
62
T29
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew
"T" indicates a tie for a place.

U.S. national team appearances

Amateur
  • Walker Cup: 1969 (winners), 1971
  • Eisenhower Trophy: 1970 (winners)
Professional
  • Ryder Cup: 1977 (winners), 1979 (winners), 1983 (winners), 1985, 1987, 1989 (tie), 1991 (winners), 1993 (winners), 1995 (captain)
  • World Cup: 1977, 1984, 1985
  • Dunhill Cup: 1986
  • Four Tours World Championship: 1985 (winners), 1987 (winners), 1991
  • US v Japan: 1982, 1983

See also

  • List of golfers with most PGA Tour wins
  • List of men's major championships winning golfers

External links

  • Golf Channel: Lanny Wadkins

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