On This Date in Sports: August 14, 1977

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pebble lanny On This Date in Sports: August 14, 1977

Lanny Wadkins looking at the flag stick.
(Steve Powell /Allsport)

Lanny Wadkins defeats Gene Littler on the third hole of a sudden death playoff to win the PGA Championship at Pebble Beach in California. Littler had the tournament seemingly in his grasp, with a five stroke lead at the turn. However, he would have five bogeys on the back nine, allowing Wadkins to rally. It would be the only major championship of Lanny Wadkin’s career. It was also the first sudden death playoff in major championship history.