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Lanny Wadkins talks Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson

Lanny Wadkins talks Ryder Cup, Phil Mickelson

“When Davis Love (center) made the cup-clinching putt on the last hole, he came over and said, ‘I holed that putt for you,’ ” teammate Lanny Wadkins said of the 1993 Ryder Cup — when he volunteered to sit Sunday rather than have the team find out who was in the captain’s envelope.

LW: Well, being on eight teams, I had a lot of highlights and really enjoyed it. Any time I had a chance to represent the United States, it was special. Two Walker Cups, eight Ryder Cups, four World Cups, I got to do it a lot.

I played with great people. I got to know a lot of the players better than I knew them because we were competing against each other and all of a sudden for a week of our lives we’re great friends, we’re having dinner together. I had dinner with people I never had dinner with on Tour and got to be better friends with them. Our wives were closer friends and have stayed that way. So, I would say that’s been the biggest part of it.

The competition I loved. I mean, we played against Seve and Olazabal and  Faldo and Sandy Lyle and, you know, all the biggies. So I enjoyed every minute of that and playing against Langer and playing against him a lot.

So, I’m not sure there are lowlights. If there’s a lowlight, it’s probably the disappointment of not winning when I was captain. And we had a three-point lead with 11 matches to go and didn’t get it done. When you put two years of your life into something, and the amount of work we put into it and it didn’t work out, that was disappointing. But it’s hard to say they’re lowlights, when you’re involved with a Ryder Cup. There’s all so special.


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