Lanny Wadkins Is Hall Of Fame Golfer

April 23, 2009

Meet Lanny Wadkins, an American professional golfer who has been a great golfer all through his peak playing years and holds the record for most number of Ryder Cup appearances for the US Team. Wadkins has been elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame. See a video and a biography of Lanny Wadkins here.

Lanny was elected to the World Hall of Fame with almost 61 percent of the vote by Hall of Famers, golf legends and executives in the PGA Tour ballot.

“It’s a huge honor,” Wadkins said Thursday from Savannah, Ga., where he is playing a Champions Tour event. “Even starting out on tour, I never envisioned this day happening. I came out playing not to win money, but to win golf tournaments. This is a special day.”

Wadkins will be formally inducted on November 2nd at the World Golf Village in St. Augustine.

As a biography, Lanny Wadkins was born on December 5, 1949 in Richmond, Virginia so his age is 59. He attended Wake Forest University and won the 1970 US Amateur Championships before turning professional in 1971.

Wadkins’ first PGA Tour victory came in the 1972 Sahara Invitational in Las Vegas. His only major championship victory came in the 1977 PGA Championship at the Pebble Beach Golf Links. He finished second in four other major championships and was in the top-10 of the world rankings from 1986 to 1988. He won a total of 21 PGA Tour tournaments and was awarded the 1985 PGA Player of the Year.

Lanny played in three World Cup of Golf championships and was part of the US Team at the Ryder Cup eight times, which is a record.

Wadkins worked as a golf analyst for CBS from 2002 till 2007.

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