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Lanny Wadkins

  • Birthplace: Richmond, VA
  • Residence: Dallas, TX
  • Birth Date: December 5, 1949
  • height: 5-9
  • Turned Pro: 1971

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PGA TOUR Victories

(21) 1972,Sahara Invitational. 1973,Byron Nelson Golf Classic, USI Classic. 1977,PGA Championship, World Series of Golf. 1979,Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Tournament Players Championship. 1982,Phoenix Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, Buick Open. 1983,Greater Greensboro Open, MONY Tournament of Champions. 1985,Bob Hope Classic, Los Angeles Open, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic. 1987,Doral-Ryder Open. 1988,Hawaiian Open, Colonial National Invitation. 1990,Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic. 1991,United Hawaiian Open. 1992,Canon Greater Hartford Open.

Other Victories

(7): 1968 Southern Amateur. 1970 U.S. Amateur, Southern Amateur. 1978 Victorian PGA Championship, Canadian PGA Championship. 1979 Bridgestone Open. 1984 World Nissan Championship. 1990 Fred Meyer Challenge [with Bobby Wadkins].

2009 Champions Tour Money and Position

$20,120 (85)

Champions Tour Best Round

71 at Round 1, Regions Charity Classic.

Champions Tour Highlights

Played in The ACE Group Classic, his first start since April 2008 (Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf. Finished T53 in Naples.

Career Best PGA TOUR Finishes

1-- Sahara Invitational, Byron Nelson Golf Classic, USI Classic, PGA Championship, World Series of Golf, Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open, Tournament Players Championship, Phoenix Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, Buick Open, Greater Greensboro Open, MONY Tournament of Champions, Bob Hope Classic, Los Angeles Open, Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic, Doral-Ryder Open, Hawaiian Open, Colonial National Invitation, Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic, United Hawaiian Open, Canon Greater Hartford Open.

Career Highlights

2008: Schedule was limited to just five events due to back issues and did not make a start after an appearance in late April at the Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf...Underwent double-fusion surgery on his lower back on August 20 at the Texas Spine Institute. 2007: Back problems limited his season to just five starts...Underwent two laser back surgeries, the first in February. Had follow-up surgery in March...Did not compete from mid-February until late September when he returned at the SAS Championship, where he finished T62. 2003: Lone top-10 finish was a T8 at the U.S. Senior Open at the Inverness Club in Toledo. Got off to a nice start at the Toshiba Senior Classic, opening with his low round of the year, a 6-under-par 65. 2002: Managed to record three top-10 finishes, all before the end of March...Placed solo third at the rain-shortened Emerald Coast Classic, thanks to a 7-under 63 in the second round, his career-low 18-hole score on the Champions Tour and best round since shooting a 62 at the 1989 Texas Open on the PGA TOUR. Performance at The Moors was his best since winning the 2000 ACE Group Classic in his initial Champions Tour appearance...Opened year with T9 at MasterCard Championship and also T7 at the Siebel Classic in Silicon Valley. 2001: Played the Champions Tour despite several injuries (wrist and elbow) and broadcasting commitments on CBS golf telecasts...Was grouped with his brother, Bobby, in the second round of the 3M Championship, the first time the two had played an official round together since the 1999 MCI Classic in Hilton Head...T9 at the Enterprise Rent-A-Car Match Play Championship. 2000: Troubled for a portion of the year with right elbow problems...Became just the ninth of 10 players ever to win in his Champions Tour debut (brother, Bobby, became the 10th during the 2001 season). Defeated Tom Watson, Walter Hall and Jose Maria Canizares in a playoff for The ACE Group Classic title. Rallied from three strokes down to get into overtime on the final day with an 8-under-par 64, then won the event when he eliminated Canizares with a par on the third extra hole...Made first hole-in-one on the Champions Tour during the opening round of the Nationwide Championship.


Enjoys well-deserved reputation as a fierce competitor...Along with brother, Bobby, kept Richmond, VA, junior championship trophy in Wadkins household for six consecutive years (Lanny won four times, Bobby twice)...Served as the player consultant on the TPC Myrtle Beach, the venue of the Charles Schwab Cup Championship in 2000... Biggest thrill in golf was winning the 1977 PGA Championship, and his biggest thrill outside of golf is watching his sons play sports...Son, Travis, is following in his footsteps and plays golf at Wake Forest...Favorite golf course is Pebble Beach GL.

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