On this day, In 1985 Lanny Wadkins wins the Walt Disney World-Oldsmobile Classic

Lanny Wadkins

On this day, In 1985 Lanny Wadkins wins the Walt Disney World-Oldsmobile Classic

On this date In 1985 Lanny Wadkins won the Walt Disney World-Oldsmobile Classic, the fifteenth win of his career.  Wadkins stunned the Oldsmobile Classic field by shooting a final round of 63.  That nine under par 63 tied the course record and gave him the win by two strokes.  Wadkins fired in an eagle on the fourth hole while adding seven more birdies to his card.  With that he matched the course record set by Hubert Green in 1973.  That allowed him to make up five strokes on third round leader Scott Hoch.  This effort put Wadkins just a stroke above Hoch, finishing the event 21 under par 267 total.  Hoch, who led through the second and third rounds even sank a 30 footer on the 18th green.  But Wadkins had other plans…

A Change of Plans for Lanny

[su_pullquote align=”right”]I can still catch Curtis…. He is in Europe, I can gain more ground on him with a Top 10 finish at Pensacola than in Tucson Match Play (the final event of the year) I could force him to win a match or two to keep his position.

-Lanny Wadkins in 1985[/su_pullquote]

He had a unique situation where he deliberately changed his schedule in effort to win the money title.  Curtis Strange had been in the number one position and looked to be unreachable even for Wadkins.  After the win at the Walt Disney World-Oldsmobile Classic he really thought he had a shot at Strange.

Strange was in Europe to participate in the Spanish Open and it gave Wadkins the chance to make up ground in Florida the next week.  It was a great thought, although too ambitious as Wadkins finished T-41st at 5 under par.  Strange would go on to win the money title three of the next four years, becoming the first player to eclipse the 1 million mark.

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