Lietzke, who turned 50 on July 18, is a 13-time winner on the regular tour. He is best known for his playing schedule, or lack thereof.
The Kansas City, Mo. native averaged less than 20 starts per season, choosing, instead, to spend the majority of his time with his family.
Lietzkes career began in 1975. He collected his first victory in the 1977 Tucson Open and his final title in the 1994 Las Vegas Invitational.
Im very excited about playing the Senior Tour, said Lietzke earlier in the year. My kids are getting close to getting out of school, so Ill play the Senior Tour as much as I can. Ill probably play about 20-22 events the first year or two, then increase that to 26-28 when the kids are in college.
The Senior Tour will be my home for the next several years. I look forward to joining a lot of friends from my college daysso that will be fun.
Lietzke has said he will play in six other Senior Tour events between July and September. He hopes to qualify for the Vantage Championship, which is comprised of the top-74 available players from the official money list after the Allianz Championship, plus four tournament invitees.
Lietzke enjoyed his best season in 1981 when he won three times and finished fourth on the money list with $343,446. He was also a member of the victorious Ryder Cup team that season.
Lietzke attended the University of Houston from 1970-73, where he played with Tom Jenkins, John Mahaffey, Bill Rogers and Fuzzy Zoeller.
Lietzke lives in Dallas with his wife, Rosemary, and their two children, Stephen, 17, and Christine, 15.
Lietzke is one of three exempt players who will join the Senior Tour this summer based on their position on the top-70 all-time money list. Don Pooley and Mark McCumber become eligible for the 50-and-over circuit on Aug. 27 and Sept. 7, respectively.
Tom Kite will defend his title. He won the 2000 version by saving par from greenside bunkers on Nos. 16 and 17 and then birdieing the 18th.
Ed Dougherty, Bruce Fleisher, Raymond Floyd, Hubert Green, Hale Irwin, Doug Tewell and Jim Thorpe will also vie for the $210,000 first-place prize.
Full field and tee times for the SBC Senior Open