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Nike Golf Athlete Lanny Wadkins

Lanny Wadkins

Birthplace: Richmond, VA
Birth Date: December 5, 1949
Home: Dallas, TX
College: Wake Forest University
Turned Pro: 1971

Considered one of the fiercest competitors of his generation, Lanny Wadkins Jr. won the U.S. Amateur Championship in 1970 and turned professional in 1971. He captured his first victory in 1972 and was voted Rookie of the Year. This was followed by two more wins in 1973. Lanny went on to win the 1977 PGA Championship in a three-hole sudden death playoff at Pebble Beach. He was the runner up on four subsequent major championships, and on three occasions finished 3rd in the Masters. Wadkins won THE PLAYERS Championship in 1979, and was voted PGA Player of the Year in 1985.

He played for the U.S. in the Ryder Cup eight times between 1977 and 1983, which ties the highest number of appearances by an American, and captained the team in 1995. He joined the Champions Tour in 2000, and divided his time between competition and broadcasting for CBS Sports as a golf analyst until 2007. Wadkins was elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame in 2009. His younger brother Bobby also plays on the Champions Tour.

WINS:
2000 - ACE Group Classic
1992 - Canon Greater Hartford Open
1991 - United Hawaiian Open
1990 - Anheuser-Busch Golf Classic
1990 - Fred Meyer Challenge [with Bobby Wadkins]
1988 - Colonial National Invitation
1988 - Hawaiian Open
1987 - Doral-Ryder Open
1985 - Walt Disney World/Oldsmobile Classic
1985 - Los Angeles Open
1985 - Bob Hope Classic
1984 - World Nissan Championship
1983 - Greater Greensboro Open
1983 - MONY Tournament of Champions
1982 - Buick Open
1982 - MONY Tournament of Champions
1982 - Phoenix Open
1979 - Tournament Players Championship
1979 - Glen Campbell-Los Angeles Open
1979 - Bridgestone Open
1978 - Victorian PGA Championship
1978 - Canadian PGA Championship
1977 - World Series of Golf
1977 - PGA Championship
1973 - USI Classic
1973 - Byron Nelson Golf Classic
1972 - Sahara Invitational
1970 - U.S. Amateur
1970 - Southern Amateur
1968 - Southern Amateur

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