In 1985, Riviera was brought to its knee's by Lanny Wadkins
On this day, In 1985 Lanny Wadkins shatters the scoring record at Riviera Country Club shooting -20 and leaving the field in the dust by seven shots. The next closest to Wadkins was Sutton and the historic and tough 6,946-yard Riviera golf course. It was his fourteenth win on the PGA Tour thanks to rounds of 63, 70, 67, and 64.
Passes $2 Million Career Mark
The 35-year-old Wadkins, who joined the tour in 1971 and gained his first victory the following year, earned $72,000 and became the ninth player to have earned over $2 million on the tour. All nine are active. Wadkins has won $2,049,789, including $172,350 in the first 19 days or three tournaments of the 1985 tour. Never before has a golfer won so much in that time at the start of a tour.
''My wife, Penny, said this morning, 'If you're going to go over $2 million today, do it with class,' '' Wadkins said. ''I guess I did.''
He posted the lowest 72-hole score on the tour since Jim Colbert won the 1983 Texas Open with 261; beat the previous Los Angeles Open record of 268 in a tournament that has been played on nearby courses over the years; He shattered the previous record from 1981 held by Johnny Miller with 270.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - The PGA Tour at Riviera is must-see TV for Lanny Wadkins because it's personal. The most prominent nickname for Riviera remains "Hogan's Alley" from when Ben Hogan won three times in two years, capping it off with the 1948 U.S. Open.