Bruce Li­et­zke

18 July 1951 – 28 July 2018

Golf World (UK) - - SPIN -

Bruce Li­et­zke has died aged 67. The af­fa­ble Texan won 13 times on the PGA Tour between 1977 and 1994 and se­cured an­other seven vic­to­ries on the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons. “Our PGA Tour fam­ily has lost a trea­sured mem­ber,” said PGA Tour com­mis­sioner Jay Mon­a­han. “He touched on parts of five decades as a player and com­peted in 700 tour­na­ments on the PGA Tour and PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons.” Li­et­zke was a pop­u­lar char­ac­ter, known for his laid-back ap­proach which meant golf was only a part of his life, never dom­i­nat­ing it. He prac­tised in­fre­quently and usu­ally played fewer than 20 events per sea­son, of­ten skip­ping ma­jors to take long sum­mer breaks with fam­ily. “He did it the way he wanted to do it,” says 1981 Open cham­pion Bill Rogers, Li­et­zke’s col­lege room­mate. “And in truth, he lived out his dream.”

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