The "Big Four-Oh" got Lanny Wadkins' attention.
"Always before" his 40th birthday 13 months ago, he said, "I'd felt like I had forever."But when the Big Four-Oh jumps up and grabs you, you suddenly realize, `Hey, there's only a limited amount of time left.'
"All of a sudden you know you don't have 15 more years left, like you'd always thought before.
"That Big Four-Oh brings a sense of urgency."
Fired by that urgency and given the opening he needed by howling Trade Winds, the 41-year-old Wadkins compiled one of his career-best efforts in a come-from-behind, four-stroke victory Sunday in the Hawaiian Open at Honolulu.
"Under the conditions, one of the four or five best rounds I've ever played," Wadkins said of the 7-under-par 65 that enabled him to come from six shots back and climb over nine players.
It was, by three strokes, the best round of the difficult day. Winds gusted to 35-40 miles per hour, ripped fronds from the palm trees on the Waialae Country Club course and put white caps on the Pacific surf behind the 17th tee.
And it destroyed the chances of any would-be contenders.
"I guess the wind got to me," said John Cook, a two-stroke leader entering the final round who scored two birdies and an eagle but could do no better than a struggling 75 that left him a distant second.
"I tried to force it," Cook said, "and I got in trouble. I had no control over it.
"Lanny shooting 65 out there was about as good as you can play," Cook said after finishing four shots in back of Wadkins' 18-under-par 270 total. Jane Geddes is off to a great start, thanks to a great finish in Montego Bay, Jamaica.
Geddes overcame wind and the difficult 6,202-yard, par-71 Tryall Golf and Beach Club course on Sunday to shoot a 64 - by three strokes the best score of the weekend - for a three-shot victory over Patty Sheehan in the LPGA Jamaica Classic.
"I hope this year will be as good as 1987," said Geddes, who that season won five tournaments, including the LPGA Championship, and almost $400,000.