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Name: - Jerry Lanston "Lanny" Wadkins
Country: - USA
Born : - Dec 5, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia.
Original Home/Club: - Richmond, VA
Occupation: - Professional golfer; TV commentator & analyst; course design consultant.
Turned Pro: - 1971
Web Address: - http://www.lannywadkinsdesigngroup.com

Roll of Honour

Majors (1). US Amateur Champion (1970). Walker Cup player (1969, '71). Ryder Cup player (1977, '79, '83, '85, '87, '89, '91, '93); Ryder Cup captain (1995). Total professional wins (31), of which US PGA Tr (21) and Champions Tr (1). World Golf Hall of Fame (inducted in 2009).


Golf course design

Lanny Wadkins Design Group have been involved with several course design projects, including (but not limited to): TPC Myrtle Beach (with Tom Fazio) and Pinnacle GC (Ohio).


Did you know?

After attending Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and winning the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1970, Wadkins turned professional in 1971. He was voted the PGA Tour Rookie of the Year in 1972. In his distinguished career on the PGA Tour, Wadkins recorded 21 wins and appeared in eight USA Ryder Cup teams (with an impressive tally of 21.5 points in total). He started playing on the Champions Tour in 2000, and was joined there by his younger brother Bobby one year later.


Top tournaments won by Lanny Wadkins

2015Snr AmericaFather/Son ChallengeRitz-Carlton, Grande Lakes124 (-20)$200,000
Played as the PNC Father/Son Challenge (Dec 12/13; post-season 36-hole scramble event). Lanny & Tucker Wadkins (USA) beat Davis Love III & Davis "Dru" Love IV (USA), Larry & Drew Nelson (USA) and Fred & Taylor Funk (USA) with an eagle at the first playoff hole (the par-5 18th). Tucker rolled in a 40-foot putt to secure the win. [Ritz-Carlton GC, Grande Lakes, Orlando, FL].
2000Snr AmericaChubb ClassicPelican Marsh202 (-14)$180,000
Played as the ACE Group Classic (Feb 11-13). Wadkins (USA) beat José María Cañizares (Esp) with a par at the third playoff hole. Tom Watson (USA) and Walter Hall (USA) were eliminated at the first and second playoff holes respectively. [Pelican Marsh GC, Naples, FL].
1992Men AmericaTravelers Ch'shipTPC River Highlands274 (-6)$180,000
Played as the Canon Greater Hartford Open (Jul 30-Aug 2). Second-placed Nick Price (Zim), Dan Forsman (USA) and Donnie Hammond (USA) finished 2 shots behind Wadkins (USA), who recorded the last of his 21 PGA Tour wins. [TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, CT].
1991Men AmericaShootout, TheSherwood CC189 (-27)$125,000
Played as the Shark Shootout benefiting RMCC (Nov 22-24; played over three rounds: 1-alternate shot; 2-better ball; 3-scramble). Second-placed Greg Norman (Aus) & Jack Nicklaus (USA) finished 4 shots behind the winning team of Tom Purtzer (USA) & Lanny Wadkins (USA). [Sherwood CC, Thousand Oaks, nr LA, Calif.].
1991Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC270 (-18)$198,000
Played as the United Hawaiian Open (Jan 17-20). Second-placed John Cook (USA) finished 4 shots behind Wadkins (USA), who recorded his twentieth PGA Tour win. [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1990Men AmericaMichelob Ch'shipKingsmill Resort266 (-18)$180,000
Played as the Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic (July 5-8). Second-placed Larry Mize (USA) finished 5 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [River course, Kingsmill Resort, Williamsburg, VA].
1988Men AmericaColonial InvitationalColonial CC, Tex270 (-10)$135,000
Played as the Colonial National Invitation (May 19-22). Second-placed Mark Calcavecchia (USA), Ben Crenshaw (USA) and Joey Sindelar (USA) finished 2 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [Colonial CC, Ft Worth, TX].
1988Men AmericaSony Open in HawaiiWaialae CC271 (-17)$108,000
Played as the Hawaiian Open (Feb 11-14). Second-placed Richard Zokol (Can) finished 1 shot behind Wadkins (USA). [Waialae CC, Honolulu, Hawaii].
1987Men AmericaDoral OpenDoral Golf Resort277 (-11)$180,000
Played as the Doral Ryder Open (Feb 26-Mar 1). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA), Don Pooley (USA) and Seve Ballesteros (Esp) finished 1 shot behind Wadkins (USA). [Blue Monster course, Doral Resort, Miami, FL].
1985Men AmericaDesert ClassicIndian Wells CC333 (-27)$90,000
Played as the Bob Hope Classic (Jan 9-13; PGA Tour 1985 season-opener). Wadkins (USA) beat Craig Stadler (USA) with a birdie at the fifth playoff hole. [Indian Wells CC, Coachella Valley, CA. Earlier rounds also at: Bermuda Dunes CC; Tamarisk CC and La Quinta CC].
1985Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.264 (-20)$72,000
Played as the Los Angeles Open (Jan 24-27). Second-placed Hal Sutton (USA) finished 7 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1985Men AwardsPlyr of Yr - PGA of Amxn/a
Wadkins (USA) won the PGA of America Player of the Year Award (based on points allocated for PGA Tour wins, money-list position and scoring average).
1985Men AmericaWalt Disney ClassicDisney's Magnolia267 (-21)$72,000
Played as the Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic (Oct 10-13). Second-placed Mike Donald (USA) and Scott Hoch (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wadkins (USA), who recorded his fifteenth PGA Tour win. [Magnolia course, Walt Disney World, Orlando, FL. Earlier rounds also played on the Palm course].
1983Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort280 (-8)$72,000
Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (April 21-24). Second-placed Raymond Floyd (USA) finished 1 shot behind defending champion Wadkins (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1983Men AmericaWyndham Ch'shipForest Oaks CC275 (-13)$72,000
Played as the Greater Greensboro Open (Mar 31-Apr 3). Second-placed Craig Stadler (USA) and Denis Watson (Zim) finished 5 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [Forest Oaks CC, Greensboro, NC].
1982Men AmericaBuick OpenWarwick Hills273 (-15)$63,000
Played as the Buick Open (Aug 19-22). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wadkins (USA), who recorded his tenth PGA Tour win. [Warwick Hills G&CC, Grand Blanc, Michigan].
1982Men AmericaPhoenix OpenPhoenix CC, AZ263 (-21)$54,000
Played as the Phoenix Open (Jan 21-24). Second-placed Jerry Pate (USA) finished 6 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [Phoenix CC, Phoenix, AZ].
1982Men AmericaTourmnt of Chmpns (PGA Tr)La Costa Resort280 (-8)$63,000
Played as the MONY Tournament of Champions (April 15-18). Second-placed Andy Bean (USA), David Graham (Aus), Craig Stadler (USA) and Ron Streck (USA) finished 3 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [North course, La Costa Resort, Carlsbad, Calif. Now known as Champions course].
1980Men AmericaGrand Slam of GolfHazeltine Natl.71 (-1)
Played as the PGA Grand Slam of Golf (July 1; unofficial event for the previous year's winners of the three US-based Majors and the Tournament Plyrs). Second-placed Hale Irwin (US Open) finished 2 shots behind Wadkins (Tournament Plyrs). Tied third on 74 were David Graham (US PGA) and Fuzzy Zoeller (The Masters). [Hazeltine National GC, Chaska, Minn.].
1979Men JapanBridgestone OpenSodegaura CC277 (-11)US$28,500
Played as the Bridgestone Tournament (Oct 25-28; Japan Tr event). Wadkins (USA) recorded his first and only Japan Tour win. [Sodegaura course, Sodegaura CC, Chiba, Jpn].
1979Men AmericaLos Angeles OpenRiviera CC, Calif.276 (-8)$45,000
Played as the Glen Campbell Los Angeles Open (Feb 22-25). Second-placed Lon Hinkle (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wadkins (USA). [Riviera CC, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA].
1979Men AmericaPlayers Ch'ship (PGA Tr)Sawgrass CC283 (-5)$72,000
Played as the Tournament Players Championship. Second-placed Tom Watson (USA) finished 5 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [Sawgrass CC, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL. Played on the Oceanside course, a combination of the East & West nines].
1977Men MajorsUS PGA Ch'shipPebble Beach282 (-6)$45,000
The US PGA Championship (59th) (Aug 11-14). Wadkins (USA) beat Gene Littler (USA) with a par at the third playoff hole, to record his first and only major championship win. This was the first time a sudden-death playoff was used in a stroke-play major championship. [Pebble Beach Golf Links, Monterey Peninsula, CA].
1977Men AmericaWorld Series of GolfFirestone CC267 (-13)$100,000
Played as the World Series of Golf. Second-placed Hale Irwin (USA) and Tom Weiskopf (USA) finished 5 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [South course, Firestone CC, Akron, Ohio].
1973Men AmericaByron Nelson Ch'shipPreston Trail277 (-3)$30,000
Played as the Byron Nelson Golf Classic (Apr 26-29). Wadkins (USA) beat Dan Sikes Jr (USA) with a par at the first playoff hole, to record his second PGA Tour win. [Preston Trail GC, Dallas, TX].
1973Men AmericaNew England ClassicPleasant Valley, Mass.279 (-9)$40,000
Played as the USI Classic. Second-placed Tom Jenkins (USA), Lee Elder (USA) and Rik Massengale (USA) finished 2 shots behind Wadkins (USA). [Pleasant Valley CC, Sutton, MA].
1972Men AmericaSahara Invtl.xx
Played as the Sahara Invitational.
1970Men AmateurUS AmateurWaverley CC, OR279n/a
The US Amateur Championship (70th). Second-placed Tom Kite (USA) finished 1 shot behind Wadkins (USA). [Waverley CC, Portland, Oregon].

 

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