2021 USBC Masters Begin Next Week

The stepladder finals of the fourth major of the 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour season air live on FS1 April 4

Reno, Nev.—The USBC Masters, the fourth of five majors on the 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour season, begins next week from the National Bowling Stadium. Qualifying and match play will be streamed live on BowlTV and simulcast on FloBowling Mar. 30-Apr. 3. The stepladder finals will air live on FOX Sports’ FS1 Sunday, Apr. 4 at 2 p.m. ET.

Here are some of the top storylines heading into the 2021 USBC Masters:

Butturff Enters as Defending Champion

Jakob Butturff won his first career major title in the 2019 USBC Masters, defeating Mykel Holliman in the title match. With the event not being held in 2020, Butturff enjoyed an extra year as reigning champion and will now attempt to defend his title coming off a second-place finish in the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship. Butturff would be the first player to win back-to-back USBC Masters titles since Jason Belmonte, who won three in a row from 2013-2015.

Belmonte Goes for Five

The three consecutive USBC Masters titles for Belmonte were on the front end of a stretch in which he won the tournament four times in five years, adding the 2017 title to set the record for most career USBC Masters wins. Belmonte hasn’t won the event since, but would become the first player ever to win it five times with a victory this year. Belmonte, the all-time record holder with 13 major titles, missed the cut to match play in two of the first three majors this year to go with a third-place finish in the PBA Tournament of Champions.

Troup Continues Career Season

In the first three majors of the season, Troup has finished no lower than seventh. He won the PBA Players Championship, finished seventh in the PBA Tournament of Champions and was fifth in the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship. He’s already earned $316,500 on the season and he leads all players in PBA Tour competition points.

Barnes Chases the Elusive Grand Slam

Triple Crown (U.S. Open, Tournament of Champions, PBA World Championship) winner Chris Barnes needs a USBC Masters title to become the fourth player in PBA history to complete the Grand Slam, joining Mike Aulby, Norm Duke and Belmonte. He’s been close on several occasions, bowling for the championship as the No. 1 seed three times in his career, but hasn’t yet been able to capture the title.

Simonsen Looks to Get Back to the Finals

Prior to the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship, Anthony Simonsen had made it to the stepladder finals in each of the previous four major championships. He’ll seek to get back to his usual place in the top five in the event he won in 2016 to make him the youngest player ever to win a major championship.

Players Vie for Berth in PBA Super Slam

The PBA Super Slam, a special event taking place April 18 live on FOX Broadcast Channel and paying $100,000 to the winner, will feature the champions of all five majors. Troup (Players Championship), François Lavoie (Tournament of Champions) and Tom Daugherty (World Championship) have already secured their spots in the PBA Super Slam. The final two berths will go to the winners of the USBC Masters and U.S. Open.

USBC Masters Winners Since 2011

2011 – Tom Hess

2012 – Mike Fagan

2013 – Jason Belmonte

2014 – Jason Belmonte

2015 – Jason Belmonte

2016 – Anthony Simonsen

2017 – Jason Belmonte

2018 – Andrew Anderson

2019 – Jakob Butturff

2020 – not held

About the PBA

The Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) is the world’s preeminent organization dedicated to the sport of bowling and its professional competition, with thousands of members and millions of fans throughout the world. The PBA plays host to bowling’s biggest tournaments from the PBA Tour, PBA Regional Tour, and PBA50 Tour. In 2020, the PBA launched PBA Jr., a club for elite youth bowlers under the age of 17 and the PBA Pinsiders, a membership for fans of the sport. For more information, please visit PBA.com.



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Brian grew up in New York before moving to Phoenix, AZ in 1991. He has been involved in writing for his own bowling publication called “Striking Spotlight.” He has been published in the Desert Bowler Newspaper, Windy City News Newspaper and the Bowlers Journal. Hirsch is a Youth Director in the Kenosha USBC and a former Director for the Metro Phoenix USBC. As a Level 1 and RVP USBC coach, he can be found coaching his wife Amber and their son Masen each Saturday morning. Hirsch currently has (6) 300’s and (4) 800’s and is a member of the International Gay Bowling Organization where he is a five-time IGBO Champion and a six-time Arizona State Grand Canyon State Games Medalist. The Hirsch’s moved to Wisconsin to be closer to family and assist the Freedom Farm for Vets. Hirsch’s home bowling center is Sheridan Lanes, located in Kenosha, WI.


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