Wadkins to Take Over for Venturi in Booth


Lanny Wadkins will take over the full-time analyst job when Ken Venturi retires the beginning of June, CBS announced Thursday.
Wadkins, who worked six tournaments for the network in 2001, including the PGA Championship, will replace Venturi in the 18th tower after the Kemper Open during the first weekend in June.
'As a major championship winner and standout Ryder Cup player and captain, Lanny Wadkins has the experience and contemporary insight necessary to be an outstanding golf analyst,' CBS Sports president Sean McManus said.
Wadkins won 21 PGA Tour events and the 1977 PGA Championship. He represented the United States in eight Ryder Cups and captained the 1995 team that dropped the Cup to the European team after a Sunday collapse.
Replacing Venturi will be no small task for Wadkins. Venturi, 70, has been the lead analyst for the network's golf coverage for 35 years, the longest tenure in sports television history.
Venturi is best known for his emotional win of the 1964 U.S. Open at Congressional. Suffering from heat exhaustion, Venturi came back and won the title in the 36-hole Sunday final.
In 1966, Venturi was forced into early retirement thanks to a severe case of carpal tunnel syndrome. Two years later, he joined the CBS broadcast team, overcoming a childhood stammering problem.
Venturi was the victorious captain of the 2000 U.S. Presidents Cup team that routed the International squad 21 1/2 - 10 1/2. Often overlooked as a Ryder Cup captain, he called the win 'a great way to cap it all off and wind down a career.'
Wadkins' television career puts his golfing career on hold. As a member of the Senior Tour, the 52-year-old has won once in two years and thanks to his newest job, will cut down on his golfing schedule.
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