Pete Weber Wins Record 5th US Open

Weber passes his own fathers mark of 4 to take record.

James LeBeauby James LeBeau

For those of you with children out there, you know that it's a parents goal for a child to surpass you in life. To take all those good accomplishments you've done and build upon them to achieve something greater. In the case of Dick and Pete Weber, this was done in a most literal fashion as Pete Weber won his fifth US Open major tournament on Sunday, surpassing the record 4 held by his dad, Dick Weber and good friend Don Carter.

Weber came into the Finals as the fourth qualifier and outlasted three opponents to take the win, throwing clutch shot after clutch shot when needed. His most critical shots came when he needed it the most, in the tenth frame of the title game. Weber needed a 9 spare, strike to win the match and after laying a beautiful ball down that left a solid 10 pin, Weber calmly got the spare and hammered the pocket for the US Open winning strike.

With the realization of what he accomplished, Weber was nearly overcome with emotion as he looked towards the Heavens to give acknowledgments to his late father.

“Dad, I know you were watching,” Weber said as he looked up toward heaven after the win. “I know you’re proud, and I’m sorry I broke your record.

“This is my greatest title ever,” Weber said. “To win five U.S. Opens and pass Dick Weber and Don Carter says a lot, but I’ll never say I’m better than them. They paved the way for us to be here. It was an honor and a privilege to join them when I won my fourth U.S. Open, and it’s even more of an honor to be the first one to win five.

“This is the tournament I look forward to ever year,” he added. “I live for the U.S. Open because I know, no matter what, I have a chance to win.”

Bowling doesn't always get it's fair shake in the sports community but nobody brings more fire to their sport than Pete Weber. At 49 years and 189 days old, Weber became the oldest player to ever win a US Open, breaking the record set by 46 year old Norm Duke last year. The win also moved him into second place on the PBA all-time Major title-winners list. His 9 majors is one short of Earl Anthony's 10.

With the first place finish, Weber earned a cool $60,000 and an automatic berth in the Round of 36 for the PBA Tournament of Champions in April.

 

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