U.S. Open (bowling)
The U.S. Open was one of the four major tournaments in the Professional Bowlers Association. The first modern-day U.S. Open tournament in the PBA took place in 1971 and was won by Mike Limongello. (Prior to 1971, this event was known as the BPAA All-Star.) With five victories, Pete Weber holds the most U.S. Open trophies of all time.
The U.S. Open winner earned $50,000 and automatic entry into the match play round at the Tournament of Champions.
Unable to find viable sponsorship, the U.S. Open was canceled for 2014, amid speculation that the tournament may not return at all. However, the USBC and BPAA later reached a three-year agreement that will bring the tournament back for 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The 2013 U.S. Open held qualifying rounds at three bowling centers in Columbus, Ohio, with the live televised finals held July 27, 2013 at Columbus Western Bowl. Wes Malott defeated #1 seed Jason Belmonte in the final match to win his first major title and eighth title overall.
2013 Final round results
A four-player stepladder finals format was used.
- Match 1: (4) Wes Malott defeated (3) Marshall Kent, 200–193
- Match 2: Malott defeated (2) Pete Weber, 279–182
- Match 3: Malott defeated (1) Jason Belmonte, 214–156
U.S. Open oil pattern
The U.S. Open featured what PBA.com describes as "the toughest lane oil design in all of bowling." The pattern is considered "flat," meaning equal amounts of oil are applied to every lane board. (A typical lane condition allows more oil in the middle section of lane boards, and lesser amounts on the outer boards.)
Many claim the oil pattern was responsible for the lack of left-handed winners in this tournament, because there isn't enough ball traffic on the left side to create a "track area." When Mike Scroggins won the 2009 event in North Brunswick, NJ, he became the first left-hander in 20 years (Mike Aulby, 1989) to earn a U.S. Open title. Interestingly, Aulby's win was on an oil pattern where oil was applied more heavily on the outer boards (that is, those closest to the gutters), to the point where the outer parts of the lanes were effectively unplayable. In all, left-handers accounted for six victories (McGrath , Moser , Petraglia , Cook , Aulby , and Scroggins ) and nine runner-up finishes (Anthony [1973, 1979, 1980], Davis , Devers , Bohn , Couch , Allen , Scroggins ) at the U.S. Open since 1971. It was also the only major title that left-hander and 43-time titleist Earl Anthony never won in his career, though he did finish runner-up three times.
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