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Belmonte to Overcome Injury in Order to Win 5th USBC Masters Title

Monday, April 09, 2018

Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Sam Cooley will join 360 of the world’s best bowlers at this week’s USBC Masters being held in Syracuse, New York.

Winning the Masters a record four times, Belmonte will have to shake off an injury before qualifying begins on Tuesday morning local time.  While assisting his grandmother moving, the world number one’s right foot got stuck under a trailer which has left it bruised but without any breaks.

With his preparation hampered, Belmonte - the only four time winner of the tournament - will be attempting to defend his 2017 title and if he is successful in a bid to claim a fifth, will join the late Earl Anthony and Pete Webber as the third player in PBA history to win 10 major titles.

In the tournament the 34-year-old will bowl the qualifying rounds, but is guaranteed a place in the 64 double elimination match play field after winning last year’s event.

Having won three majors in 2017, Belmonte has finished fourth at this year’s PBA Tournament of Champions and second at the Barbasol Players Championship after losing to Tom Smallwood 259-239 in the title match.  But the Orange based bowler has had success on the tour in 2018 after teaming up with Bill O’Neill to win the Roth-Holman Doubles Championship, defeating Darren and Michael Tang 205-185.

Australia’s other entrant in the 6-day tournament, Sam Cooley, will come into the tournament having finished 55th at the PBA Barbasol Players Championship in January and winning the Australian Open at Easter.  Having a career top finish at the 2016 Barbasol Players Championship where he qualified for the TV finals and finished third, Cooley will be looking for a top 10 finish at the Masters before heading into the PBA league in just over a months’ time.

With a sold out field, all bowlers will complete 15 games of qualifying over three days, five games each day, and a total pinfall will determine the 63 players who will join Belmonte in the match-play bracket.  The match play rounds will consist of three-game pinfall matches, across Friday and Saturday with the final five players advancing to the televised championship stepladder.
 
The Masters will feature a total prize fund of $270,000 with all qualifying and match play rounds covered live on Xtra Frame, the PBA’s online bowling channel.

Check out the bowl.com article on Belmonte’s fifth tilt at the title and what he had to say here.