Wadkins rallies for Hawaiian win

January 21, 1991

HONOLULU -- Lanny Wadkins beat a strong wind with one of the finest rounds of his life and rallied from six shots back to score his 20th career victory yesterday.

"The wind did it for me," the 41-year-old veteran said after a

four-stroke triumph in the Hawaiian Open. "The wind gave me the chance."

The winds, gusting to 35-40 mph and creating white-caps on the nearby Pacific surf, prohibited anyone else from making a major move.

Wadkins, however, unleashed a 7-under-par 65 -- by three shots the best round of day -- passed nine players and won going away.

"Taking everything into consideration, I'd say it's one of the four or five best rounds I've ever played," said Wadkins, a former PGA title-holder now in his 21st season on the pro tour.

He scored the 20th victory of his career -- and second in this tournament -- with a 270 total, 18 under par on the wind-raked Waialae Country Club course.

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