U.S. Open (bowling)
The U.S. Open is 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 currently earns $60,000 and automatic entry into the 36-player match play round at the season-ending Tournament of Champions.
Previous U.S. Open Champions 
U.S. Open Oil Pattern 
The U.S. Open features 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 is 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 account 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 is 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.
See also 
- Vint, Bill. "Pete Weber Wins Record Fifth U.S. Open to Surpass Father Dick Weber and Don Carter." Article at www.pba.com on February 26, 2012. 
- Pedersen, Randy. Transcript of 4/5/2009 U.S. Open broadcast on ESPN.
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