Asked the one moment that stood out in a career that included a major championship (1977 PGA Championship) over three decades, he flashed back to the 1983 Ryder Cup.
He still treasures the memory of the shot he hit at the 18th hole to clinch the United States’ victory at PGA National in Palm Beach Gardens.
“I remember it to this day,” Wadkins said. “Wedge to one foot. Tom Kite slapped me on the back, and I turned to say something and nothing came out. First time in my life nothing came out.”
Wadkins said he used the memory of that shot to draw strength from when faced with future challenges.