|Full name||Bruce Alan Lietzke|
July 18, 1951|
Kansas City, Missouri, U.S.
July 28, 2018 (aged 67)|
Athens, Texas, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)|
|College||University of Houston|
|Number of wins by tour|
|PGA Tour Champions||7|
|Best results in major championships|
|Masters Tournament||6th/T6: 1979, 1985|
|U.S. Open||T17: 1981|
|The Open Championship||T6: 1981|
|PGA Championship||2nd: 1991|
Bruce Alan Lietzke (July 18, 1951 – July 28, 2018) was an American professional golfer who won 13 tournaments on the PGA Tour between 1977 and 1994, including two victories in the Canadian Open. His best finish in a major championship was at the 1991 PGA Championship where he finished second, three strokes behind John Daly. He had seven victories on the Champions Tour, including one senior major title, the 2003 U.S. Senior Open. He played in the 1981 Ryder Cup.
- 1 Early life
- 2 Acknowledgments
- 3 Successes
- 4 Hobbies
- 5 Personal life
- 6 Medical problems and death
- 7 Professional wins (22)
- 8 Results in major championships
- 9 Senior major championships
- 10 U.S. national team appearances
- 11 See also
- 12 References
- 13 External links
Lietzke credited 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.
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 had a relatively successful career, winning a combined total of 20 tournaments 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.
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. Despite this he never finished below 74th on the money list. During his career, Lietzke played in 506 PGA Tour events.
Lietzke enjoyed collecting classic cars and built an 11-car garage at his home in which to store his large collection; the crown jewel was a 1967 yellow Corvette Stingray convertible. He listed Bruce Springsteen as his favorite entertainer and Don "Big Daddy" Garlits as his favorite athlete. He made 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 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."
Medical problems and death
In April 2017 Lietzke was diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer called glioblastoma. He died July 28, 2018 from complications of the disease and attempts at treating it, which his body rejected.
Professional wins (22)
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||Gene Littler|
|2||Feb 6, 1977||Hawaiian Open||−15 (67-70-67-69=273)||3 strokes||Don January, Takashi Murakami|
|3||Jun 25, 1978||Canadian Open||−1 (76-67-67-73=283)||1 stroke||Pat McGowan|
|4||Feb 18, 1979||Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open (2)||−15 (63-66-68-68=265)||2 strokes|| Buddy Gardner, Jim Thorpe,|
|5||May 18, 1980||Colonial National Invitation||−9 (63-68-71-69=271)||1 stroke||Ben Crenshaw|
|6||Jan 18, 1981||Bob Hope Desert Classic||−25 (65-66-65-70-69=335)||2 strokes||Jerry Pate|
|7||Feb 8, 1981||Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open||−10 (68-72-70-68=278)||Playoff||Raymond Floyd, Tom Jenkins|
|8||May 10, 1981||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||+1 (68-74-69-70=281)||Playoff||Tom Watson|
|9||Aug 1, 1982||Canadian Open (2)||−7 (68-68-68-73=277)||2 strokes||Hal Sutton|
|10||Mar 4, 1984||Honda Classic||−8 (72-70-70-68=280)||Playoff||Andy Bean|
|11||May 15, 1988||GTE Byron Nelson Golf Classic (2)||−9 (66-69-66-70=271)||Playoff||Clarence Rose|
|12||May 24, 1992||Southwestern Bell Colonial (2)||−13 (69-68-64-66=267)||Playoff||Corey Pavin|
|13||Oct 23, 1994||Las Vegas Invitational||−28 (66-67-68-66-65=332)||1 stroke||Robert Gamez|
PGA Tour playoff record (6–6)
|1||1977||Joe Garagiola-Tucson Open||Gene Littler||Won with birdie on fourth extra hole|
|2||1977||MONY Tournament of Champions||Jack Nicklaus||Lost to birdie on third extra hole|
|3||1978||Tallahassee Open||Barry Jaeckel||Lost to par on first extra hole|
|4||1981||Wickes-Andy Williams San Diego Open||Raymond Floyd, Tom Jenkins||Won with birdie on second extra hole|
Jenkins eliminated with par on first hole
|5||1981||Byron Nelson Golf Classic||Tom Watson||Won with par on first extra hole|
|6||1984||Honda Classic||Andy Bean||Won with par on first extra hole|
|7||1988||GTE Byron Nelson Classic||Clarence Rose||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|8||1992||GTE Byron Nelson Classic||Billy Ray Brown, Ben Crenshaw, Raymond Floyd||Brown won with birdie on first extra hole|
|9||1992||Southwestern Bell Colonial||Corey Pavin||Won with birdie on first extra hole|
|10||1992||Canadian Open||Greg Norman||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|11||1995||Mercedes Championships||Steve Elkington||Lost to birdie on second extra hole|
|12||1998||Bob Hope Chrysler Classic||Fred Couples||Lost to birdie on first extra hole|
Other wins (1)
Champions Tour wins (7)
|Champions Tour major championships (1)|
|Other Champions Tour (6)|
|No.||Date||Tournament||Winning score||Margin of
|1||Aug 12, 2001||3M Championship||−9 (72-66-69=207)||2 strokes||Doug Tewell|
|2||Sep 23, 2001||SAS Championship||−15 (69-66-66=201)||3 strokes||Allen Doyle, Gary McCord|
|3||Feb 24, 2002||Audi Senior Classic||−8 (75-66-67=208)||1 stroke||Hale Irwin, Gary McCord|
|4||May 12, 2002||TD Waterhouse Championship||−11 (69-64=133)||2 strokes||Larry Nelson|
|5||Sep 22, 2002||SAS Championship (2)||−14 (72-63-67=202)||4 strokes||Gil Morgan, Sammy Rachels, Tom Watson|
|6||Apr 27, 2003||Liberty Mutual Legends of Golf||−10 (70-65-71=26)||1 stroke||David Eger, Dana Quigley|
|7||Jun 29, 2003||U.S. Senior Open||−7 (69-71-64-73=277)||2 strokes||Tom Watson|
Other senior wins (1)
Results in major championships
|The Open Championship|
|The Open Championship||T19||T6||CUT|
|The Open Championship|
CUT = missed the half-way cut
"T" indicates a tie for a place
|The Open Championship||0||0||0||0||1||2||3||2|
- Most consecutive cuts made – 13 (1983 PGA – 1989 PGA)
- Longest streak of top-10s – 2 (1981 Open Championship – 1981 PGA)
Senior major championships
|2003||U.S. Senior Open||−7 (69-71-64-73=277)||2 strokes||Tom Watson|
U.S. national team appearances
- McCabe, Jim (28 July 2018). "Lietzke passes away at age 67". PGA Tour.
- "Bruce Lietzke". Museum of the Gulf Coast. Retrieved July 29, 2018.
- Perry, Alex (July 20, 2011). "Ryder Cup reunion at Walton Heath". GolfMagic.com. Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- "Golf Major Championships". Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- "Player profile — Jerry Pate". PGA. Retrieved July 28, 2018.
- "Bryce-Lietzke-Martin Scholarship Fund". Retrieved December 4, 2013.
- Rosaforte, Tim (June 22, 2017). "Family and friends rally around Bruce Lietzke as he takes diagnosis in stride". Golf Digest.
- Strege, John (July 28, 2018). "Bruce Lietzke, 67, succumbs to brain cancer". Golf Digest.