Bobby Wadkins

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Bobby Wadkins
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full name Robert Edwin Wadkins
Born (1951-07-26) July 26, 1951 (age 63)
Richmond, Virginia
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 215 lb (98 kg; 15.4 st)
Nationality  United States
Career
College University of Houston
East Tennessee State University
Turned professional 1973
Current tour(s) Champions Tour
Former tour(s) PGA Tour
Professional wins 11
Number of wins by tour
European Tour 1
Japan Golf Tour 2
Champions Tour 4
Other 4
Best results in major championships
Masters Tournament 21st: 1987
U.S. Open T4: 1987
The Open Championship DNP
PGA Championship T7: 1987

Robert Edwin Wadkins (born July 26, 1951) is an American professional golfer. His older brother, Lanny, won 21 times on the PGA Tour, including the 1977 PGA Championship, and is a member of the World Golf Hall of Fame.

Wadkins was born in Richmond, Virginia. Between Bobby and Lanny, they held the Richmond, Virginia city junior title for six consecutive years – two by Bobby and four by Lanny.[1] After attending the University of Houston for one year, Wadkins earned All-American honors in 1972–73 at East Tennessee State University.

Wadkins turned pro in 1973. He never won on the PGA Tour despite six runner-up finishes, but he did win on the European Tour and the Japan Golf Tour. Since turning 50, he has played on the Champions Tour and won four times, including one senior major, the 2006 Senior Players Championship. Wadkins is tied with Mark Wiebe as the Champions Tour's youngest winner at the age of 50 years and 10 days[2] when he captured the Lightpath Long Island Classic.[1]

Amateur wins (1)[edit]

  • 1971 Virginia State Amateur

Professional wins (10)[edit]

European Tour wins (1)[edit]

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 Oct 19, 1978 European Open −5 (71-72-72-68=283) Playoff Scotland Bernard Gallacher, United States Gil Morgan

European Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponents Result
1 1978 European Open Scotland Bernard Gallacher, United States Gil Morgan Won with birdie on first extra hole

Japan Golf Tour Tour wins (2)[edit]

Other wins (4)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (4)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (3)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Aug 5, 2001 Lightpath Long Island Classic −14 (65-69-68=202) 1 stroke United States Allen Doyle
2 May 14, 2006 The Boeing Championship at Sandestin −10 (62-71-70=203) 1 stroke United States Raymond Floyd
3 Jul 16, 2006 Ford Senior Players Championship −14 (69-72-65-68=274) 1 stroke United States Jim Thorpe
4 Feb 25, 2007 The ACE Group Classic −15 (64-69-68=201) 1 stroke United States Allen Doyle

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T35 DNP T46 DNP
PGA Championship DNP DNP T54 71
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP 21 CUT DNP
U.S. Open T12 T43 T60 T65 DNP T46 T15 T4 CUT 66
PGA Championship T59 T67 T49 T27 CUT WD T41 T7 T66 CUT
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996 1997 1998 1999
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
U.S. Open T33 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP CUT
PGA Championship T66 CUT DNP DNP DNP CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP

Note: Wadkins never played in The Open Championship.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
WD = Withdrew
"T" = tied
Yellow background for top-10.

Summary[edit]

Tournament Wins 2nd 3rd Top-5 Top-10 Top-25 Events Cuts made
Masters Tournament 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 1
U.S. Open 0 0 0 1 1 3 14 11
The Open Championship 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
PGA Championship 0 0 0 0 1 1 15 10
Totals 0 0 0 1 2 5 31 22
  • Most consecutive cuts made – 6 (twice)
  • Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1987 U.S. Open – 1987 PGA)

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runner-up
2006 Ford Senior Players Championship −14 (69-72-65-68=274) 1 stroke United States Jim Thorpe

Results timeline[edit]

Results not in chronological order before 2014.

Tournament 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014
The Tradition T13 T52 T24 T49 3 T52 T18 T50 T34 WD 73 T74 77
Senior PGA Championship T2 2 T25 CUT T63 CUT T53 T49 61 CUT T51 CUT T73
Senior Players Championship T12 T40 T34 T37 1 T25 T18 73 T52 T37 T60 DNP DNP
U.S. Senior Open T11 T35 CUT WD CUT T29 T37 T47 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP
Senior British Open Championship T32 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T58 DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP

The Senior British Open was not a Champions Tour major until 2003.
DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the halfway cut
WD = withdrew from tournament
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Green background for wins. Yellow background for top-10.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2012 Senior PGA Championship profile". PGA of America. Retrieved September 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Wiebe dominates from start to finish in first Champions start". PGA Tour. Associated Press. September 23, 2007. Retrieved July 18, 2012. 

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