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Bruce Lietzke

Personal information
NameBruce Lietzke
Full nameBruce Alan Lietzke
Height1.89 m (6 ft 2 in)
NationalityUnited States
ResidenceDallas, Texas
CollegeUniversity of Houston
Turned professional1974
Current toursChampions Tour
Former toursPGA 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 ChampionshipT17: 1981
PGA Championship2nd: 1991

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Bruce Alan Lietzke (born July 18, 1951) is an American professional golfer who has won numerous tournaments at both the PGA Tour and Champions Tour level.

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.

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.

Although he had to wait until the Champions Tour to win a major, Lietzke has had a relatively successful career. He won 13 PGA Tour events and has so far won seven times on the Champions Tour. His career year on the PGA Tour was 1981, when he won three times. His best finish in a major on the PGA Tour was a solo 2nd at the 1991 PGA Championship. He played on the 1981 Ryder Cup team.

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. Despite this he never finished below 74 on the money list.

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.

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."

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

Champions Tour wins (7) :

Champions Tour wins (7) :
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (6)

Champions Tour wins (7) :
No. Date Tournament Winning Score Margin of
1 Aug 12, 2001 3M Championship -9 (72-66-69=207) 2 strokes US Doug Tewell
2 Sep 23, 2001 SAS Championship -15 (69-66-66=201) 3 strokes US Allen Doyle, US Gary McCord
3 Feb 24, 2002 Audi Senior Classic -8 (75-66-67=208) 1 stroke US Hale Irwin, US Gary McCord
4 May 12, 2002 TD Waterhouse Championship -11 (69-64=133) 2 strokes US Larry Nelson
5 Sep 22, 2002 SAS Championship -14 (72-63-67=202) 4 strokes US Gil Morgan, US Sammy Rachels, US Tom Watson
6 Apr 27, 2003 Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf -10 (70-65-71=26) 1 stroke US David Eger, US Dana Quigley
7 Jun 29, 2003 U.S. Senior Open -7 (69-71-64-73=277) 2 strokes US Tom Watson

Other senior wins (1) :
Tournament 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP T28 DNP 9
U.S. Open CUT DNP DNP CUT T47 T19 T20 T41
PGA Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP T38 T15 62 T16

Other senior wins (1) :
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament CUT T11 T20 T42 T33 T6 T31 49 DNP T34
The Open Championship T19 T6 CUT DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship T30 T4 T16 T6 T65 T18 T5 T28 T62 T46

Other senior wins (1) :
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995
Masters Tournament DNP DNP T13 T31 DNP T31
The Open Championship DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP DNP
PGA Championship CUT 2 T73 CUT DNP T23

Wins (1) :
Year Championship Winning Score Margin Runner(s)-up
2003 U.S. Senior Open −7 (69−71−64−73=277) 2 strokes US Tom Watson

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