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Bruce Lee Fleisher (born October 16, 1948) is an American professional golfer.

Bruce Fleisher
Personal information
Full nameBruce Lee Fleisher
Born (1948-10-16) October 16, 1948 (age 70)
Union City, Tennessee
Height6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14.6 st)
Nationality United States
Career
CollegeMiami-Dade Junior College
Furman University
Turned professional1969
Current tour(s)Champions Tour
Former tour(s)PGA Tour
Professional wins35
Number of wins by tour
PGA Tour1
PGA Tour Champions18
European Senior Tour1
Other15
Best results in major championships
Masters TournamentT25: 1992
U.S. OpenT41: 1986
The Open ChampionshipCUT: 1969
PGA ChampionshipT14: 1993
Achievements and awards
PGA Tour Comeback
Player of the Year
1991

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Early years and amateur careerEdit

Fleisher was born in Union City, Tennessee, and is Jewish.[1][2][3] He and his wife Wendy live in the Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, area.[4] Unusual for a professional golfer, Fleisher is a Democrat.[5]

Amateur careerEdit

Fleisher became involved in golf at age seven by working as a caddie with his two brothers.[6][7] Fleisher attended Miami-Dade Junior College and Furman University.[1] In 1968 at age 19, he became the third-youngest player to win the U.S. Amateur.[6][7] He also was the low amateur at the 1969 Masters Tournament. He turned professional in 1969.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Fleisher won both individual and team gold medals in golf at the 1969 Maccabiah Games.[8][9]

Fleisher spent much of his regular career as a club professional; he won the PGA Club Professional Championship in 1989. His regular tournament career was modest though he did have some successes. His best finishes were in the New England Classic at Pleasant Valley Country Club where he scored his only win on the PGA Tour in 1991, outlasting Ian Baker-Finch on the 7th hole of a playoff. He also finished runner-up in the tournament two years later in 1993. Fleisher's win at Pleasant Valley also got him into The Masters for the first time in 23 years.

Fleisher also had some success in some minor international tournaments. He won the national opens of Brazil, Panama, Jamaica, and Bahamas. He also finished runner-up at the 1975 national open of New Zealand, an official event on the Australasian Tour.

He has been much more successful on the Senior PGA Tour (now Champions Tour) with 18 wins, including one senior major, the 2001 U.S. Senior Open.[6] Fleisher became the first player ever to earn back-to-back victories in his first two Champions Tour events, which helped him win Player of the Year and Rookie of the Year awards in 1999.[7] He also has one win on the European Seniors Tour, which came in 2000 at the Irish Seniors Open.[6]

He served as head coach for the USA Open Golf Team at the 1989 Maccabiah Games and the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel.[8]

Amateur wins (1)Edit

Professional wins (35)Edit

PGA Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner-up
1 Jul 14, 1991 New England Classic −16 (64-67-73-64=268) Playoff   Ian Baker-Finch

PGA Tour playoff record (1–0)

No. Year Tournament Opponent Result
1 1991 New England Classic   Ian Baker-Finch Won with birdie on seventh extra hole

Other wins (15)Edit

Champions Tour wins (18)Edit

Legend
Champions Tour major championships (1)
Other Champions Tour (17)
No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runner(s)-up
1 Feb 7, 1999 Royal Caribbean Classic −11 (66-69-70=205) 2 strokes   Isao Aoki
2 Feb 14, 1999 American Express Invitational −13 (67-67-69=203) 3 strokes   Larry Nelson
3 Apr 25, 1999 The Home Depot Invitational −11 (69-67-69=205) 1 stroke   Terry Dill,   Jim Holtgrieve
4 Jun 13, 1999 BellSouth Senior Classic at Opryland −16 (71-63-66=200) 1 stroke   Al Geiberger
5 Aug 8, 1999 Lightpath Long Island Classic −10 (64-69-73=206) 2 strokes   Allen Doyle
6 Oct 10, 1999 The Transamerica −17 (66-66-67=199) 1 stroke   Allen Doyle
7 Oct 24, 1999 EMC Kaanapali Classic −17 (65-67-67=199) 1 stroke   Allen Doyle
8 Feb 6, 2000 Royal Caribbean Classic 30 points (6-16-8=30) 2 points   Vicente Fernández
9 Feb 20, 2000 GTE Classic −16 (67-64-69=200) 4 strokes   Dana Quigley
10 May 7, 2000 The Home Depot Invitational −13 (67-68-68=203) Playoff   Hubert Green
11 Jul 30, 2000 Lightpath Long Island Classic −18 (63-66-69=198) 2 strokes   Dana Quigley
12 Apr 22, 2001 Las Vegas Senior Classic −8 (70-68-70=208) 3 strokes   José Maria Cañizares,   Vicente Fernández,
  Walter Hall,   Hale Irwin,
  Doug Tewell,   Larry Nelson
13 May 6, 2001 The Home Depot Invitational −15 (66-67-68=201) 3 strokes   John Bland
14 Jul 1, 2001 U.S. Senior Open E (69-71-72-68=280) 1 stroke   Isao Aoki,   Gil Morgan
15 Feb 24, 2002 RJR Championship −8 (75-66-67=208) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin,   Gary McCord
16 Feb 23, 2003 Verizon Classic −8 (68-70-67=205) 1 stroke   Hale Irwin
17 Feb 8, 2004 Royal Caribbean Golf Classic −6 (69-70-71=210) 1 stroke   Dana Quigley
18 May 2, 2004 Bruno's Memorial Classic −16 (64-68-68=200) 7 strokes   Bruce Lietzke,   D. A. Weibring

Champions Tour playoff record (1–2)

No. Year Tournament Opponent(s) Result
1 1999 Southwestern Bell Dominion   José Maria Cañizares,   John Mahaffey Mahaffey won with birdie on second extra hole
Fleisher eliminated with birdie on first hole
2 2000 The Home Depot Invitational   Hubert Green Won with birdie on third extra hole
3 2001 State Farm Senior Classic   Allen Doyle Lost to par on third extra hole

European Seniors Tour wins (1)Edit

No. Date Tournament Winning score Margin of
victory
Runners-up
1 May 14, 2000 AIB Irish Seniors Open −7 (70-67-72=209) 3 strokes   George Burns,   Bob Shearer

Results in major championshipsEdit

Tournament 1968 1969
Masters Tournament 44LA
U.S. Open CUT CUT
The Open Championship CUT
PGA Championship
Tournament 1970 1971 1972 1973 1974 1975 1976 1977 1978 1979
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open CUT T44
The Open Championship
PGA Championship
Tournament 1980 1981 1982 1983 1984 1985 1986 1987 1988 1989
Masters Tournament
U.S. Open T41
The Open Championship
PGA Championship T43 T63
Tournament 1990 1991 1992 1993 1994
Masters Tournament T25
U.S. Open
The Open Championship
PGA Championship CUT CUT T33 T14 T61
  Did not play

LA = Low amateur
CUT = missed the half-way cut (3rd round cut in 1969 Open Championship)
"T" indicates a tie for a place

Champions Tour major championshipsEdit

Wins (1)Edit

Year Championship Winning score Margin Runners-up
2001 U.S. Senior Open E (69-71-72-68=280) 1 stroke   Isao Aoki,   Gil Morgan

Maccabiah GamesEdit

Fleisher won a gold medal at the 1969 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and he coached the U.S. golf team at the 1989 Games.

U.S. national team appearancesEdit

Amateur

Professional

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Profile on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on May 25, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  2. ^ Day by Day in Jewish Sports History - Bob Wechsler
  3. ^ Sports in America from Colonial Times to the Twenty-First Century: An ... - Steven A. Riess
  4. ^ "Bruce Fleisher" – Maccabi USA
  5. ^ NW, The Center for Responsive Politics 1300 L. St; Washington, Suite 200; fax857-7809, DC 20005 telelphone857-0044. "OpenSecrets". OpenSecrets. Retrieved 2019-05-01.
  6. ^ a b c d "Biographical information on PGA Tour's official site". Archived from the original on October 14, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  7. ^ a b c "Biography from Bruce Fleisher's official site". Retrieved May 10, 2011.
  8. ^ a b "Champion Golf Pro Bruce Fleisher To Coach The USA Open Golf Team" – Maccabi USA
  9. ^ "Maccabi USA to honor 15 from South Florida at brunch in Boca Raton" - Jewish Journal

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