Bruce Lietzke

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Bruce Lietzke
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameBruce Alan Lietzke
Born(1951-07-18) July 18, 1951 (age 62)
Kansas City, Kansas
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAthens, Texas
Career
CollegeUniversity of Houston
Turned professional1974
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Champions Tour7
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament6th/T6: 1979, 1985
U.S. OpenT17: 1981
The Open ChampionshipT6: 1981
PGA Championship2nd: 1991
 
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Bruce Lietzke
— Golfer —
Personal information
Full nameBruce Alan Lietzke
Born(1951-07-18) July 18, 1951 (age 62)
Kansas City, Kansas
Height6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
ResidenceAthens, Texas
Career
CollegeUniversity of Houston
Turned professional1974
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Champions Tour
Professional wins22
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour13
Champions Tour7
Best results in Major Championships
Masters Tournament6th/T6: 1979, 1985
U.S. OpenT17: 1981
The Open ChampionshipT6: 1981
PGA Championship2nd: 1991

Bruce Alan Lietzke (born July 18, 1951) is an American professional golfer who has won 13 tournaments on the PGA Tour, including two victories in the Canadian Open. He has had seven victories on the Champions Tour, including one senior major title.

Early life[edit]

Lietzke was born in Kansas City, Kansas. He moved to Beaumont, Texas with his parents in 1960 and lived there until 1977, graduating from Forest Park High School in 1969.[1]

Acknowledgments[edit]

Lietzke credits his older brother, Duane, for introducing him to the game of golf at age five. He also credits Henry Homberg, a local Beaumont professional, along with Duane for having the greatest influences on his game when he first started playing. Lietzke attended the University of Houston in Houston, Texas. He graduated in 1973 and turned pro in 1974.

Successes[edit]

Lietzke's first PGA Tour victory was in the 1977 Tucson Open. Although he had to wait until the Champions Tour to win a major in the 2003 U.S. Senior Open, Lietzke has had a relatively successful career, winning a combined total of 20 tournaments so far on the PGA Tour and the Champions Tour. His career year on the PGA Tour was 1981, when he had three tournament victories. He played on the winning 1981 U.S. Ryder Cup team at Walton Heath Golf Club in England in what is considered by many to be the finest American team ever assembled.[2]

Lietzke's best finish in a major on the PGA Tour was a solo 2nd place at the 1991 PGA Championship.[3]

Lietzke was well known for not practicing a great deal, and not playing in a large number of tournaments compared to his fellow competitors, electing to spend more time with his family. He did not play more than 25 events in any PGA Tour season and never played more than 20 tournaments in a single season after 1988.[4] Despite this he never finished below 74 on the money list.

Medical problems[edit]

In recent years, Lietzke has been plagued by the so-called "frozen shoulder syndrome" – the correct medical term is adhesive capsulitis – which has caused him to miss a considerable amount of playing time.

Hobbies[edit]

Lietzke enjoys collecting classic cars and has built an 11-car garage at his home in which to store his large collection; the crown jewel is a 1967 yellow Corvette Stingray convertible. He lists Bruce Springsteen as his favorite entertainer and Don "Big Daddy" Garlits as his favorite athlete. He makes his home in Dallas, Texas. In 1978, Lietzke was shown in print ads for the Dodge Magnum coupe, as also being a 1970 Plymouth Barracuda owner.

Lietzke was an avid supporter of the Sour Mash Open in Parkersburg, West Virginia. He has played in the event numerous times. "The Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund was the first fund established by the Sour Mash Open Golf Tournament Committee in 1990 in honor of the late Dr. John Coyle Bryce, PGA Golf Professional, Bruce Lietzke and Larry Martin. The earnings of the fund are used to provide scholarships to worthy Wood County students who have shown an interest in golf."[5]

Professional wins (22)[edit]

PGA Tour wins (13)[edit]

No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Jan 16, 1977Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open−13 (70-66-70-69=275)PlayoffUnited States Gene Littler
2Feb 6, 1977Hawaiian Open−15 (67-70-67-69=273)3 strokesUnited States Don January, Japan Takashi Murakami
3Jun 25, 1978Canadian Open−1 (76-67-67-73=283)1 strokeUnited States Pat McGowan
4Feb 18, 1979Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open−17 (63-66-68-68=265)2 strokesUnited States Buddy Gardner, United States Jim Thorpe,
United States Tom Watson
5May 18, 1980Colonial National Invitation−9 (63-68-71-69=271)1 strokeUnited States Ben Crenshaw
6Jan 18, 1981Bob Hope Desert Classic−25 (65-66-65-70-69=335)2 strokesUnited States Jerry Pate
7Feb 8, 1981Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open−10 (68-72-70-68=278)PlayoffUnited States Raymond Floyd, United States Tom Jenkins
8May 10, 1981Byron Nelson Golf Classic+1 (68-74-69-70=281)PlayoffUnited States Tom Watson
9Aug 1, 1982Canadian Open−7 (68-68-68-73=277)2 strokesUnited States Hal Sutton
10Mar 4, 1984Honda Classic−8 (72-70-70-68=280)PlayoffUnited States Andy Bean
11May 15, 1988GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic−9 (66-69-66-70=271)PlayoffUnited States Clarence Rose
12May 24, 1992Southwestern Bell Colonial−13 (69-68-64-66=267)PlayoffUnited States Corey Pavin
13Oct 23, 1994Las Vegas Invitational−28 (66-67-68-66-65=332)1 strokeUnited States Robert Gamez

PGA Tour playoff record (6–6)

No.YearTournamentOpponent(s)Result
11977Joe Garagiola-Tucson OpenUnited States Gene LittlerWon with birdie on fourth extra hole
21977MONY Tournament of ChampionsUnited States Jack NicklausLost to birdie on third extra hole
31978Tallahassee OpenUnited States Barry JaeckelLost to par on first extra hole
41981Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego OpenUnited States Raymond Floyd, United States Tom JenkinsWon with birdie on second extra hole
Jenkins eliminated with par on first hole
51981Byron Nelson Golf ClassicUnited States Tom WatsonWon with par on first extra hole
61984Honda ClassicUnited States Andy BeanWon with par on first extra hole
71988GTE Byron Nelson ClassicUnited States Clarence RoseWon with birdie on first extra hole
81992GTE Byron Nelson ClassicUnited States Billy Ray Brown, United States Ben Crenshaw, United States Raymond FloydBrown won with birdie on first extra hole
91992Southwestern Bell ColonialUnited States Corey PavinWon with birdie on first extra hole
101992Canadian OpenAustralia Greg NormanLost to birdie on second extra hole
111995Mercedes ChampionshipsAustralia Steve ElkingtonLost to birdie on second extra hole
121998Bob Hope Chrysler ClassicUnited States Fred CouplesLost to birdie on first extra hole

Other wins (1)[edit]

Champions Tour wins (7)[edit]

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (6)
No.DateTournamentWinning scoreMargin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1Aug 12, 20013M Championship−9 (72-66-69=207)2 strokesUnited States Doug Tewell
2Sep 23, 2001SAS Championship−15 (69-66-66=201)3 strokesUnited States Allen Doyle, United States Gary McCord
3Feb 24, 2002Audi Senior Classic−8 (75-66-67=208)1 strokeUnited States Hale Irwin, United States Gary McCord
4May 12, 2002TD Waterhouse Championship−11 (69-64=133)2 strokesUnited States Larry Nelson
5Sep 22, 2002SAS Championship−14 (72-63-67=202)4 strokesUnited States Gil Morgan, United States Sammy Rachels, United States Tom Watson
6Apr 27, 2003Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf−10 (70-65-71=26)1 strokeUnited States David Eger, United States Dana Quigley
7Jun 29, 2003U.S. Senior Open−7 (69-71-64-73=277)2 strokesUnited States Tom Watson

Other senior wins (1)[edit]

Results in major championships[edit]

Tournament19721973197419751976197719781979
Masters TournamentDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPT28DNP9
U.S. OpenCUTDNPDNPCUTT47T19T20T41
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPT38T1562T16
Tournament1980198119821983198419851986198719881989
Masters TournamentCUTT11T20T42T33T6T3149DNPT34
U.S. OpenT38T17CUTCUTDNPT31DNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipT19T6CUTDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipT30T4T16T6T65T18T5T28T62T46
Tournament199019911992199319941995
Masters TournamentDNPDNPT13T31DNPT31
U.S. OpenDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
The Open ChampionshipDNPDNPDNPDNPDNPDNP
PGA ChampionshipCUT2T73CUTDNPT23

DNP = Did not play
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
Yellow background for top-10

Summary[edit]

TournamentWins2nd3rdTop-5Top-10Top-25EventsCuts made
Masters Tournament0000251413
U.S. Open000003117
The Open Championship00001232
PGA Championship0103491917
Totals01037194739

Champions Tour major championships[edit]

Wins (1)[edit]

YearChampionshipWinning scoreMarginRunner-up
2003U.S. Senior Open−7 (69-71-64-73=277)2 strokesUnited States Tom Watson

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bruce Lietzke". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Retrieved October 9, 2013. 
  2. ^ Perry, Alex (July 20, 2011). "Ryder Cup reunion at Walton Heath". GolfMagic.com. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "PGA Tour Media Guide – Bruce Lietzke". PGA Tour. Retrieved December 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund". Retrieved December 4, 2013. 

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