NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. — Australia's Jason Belmonte became the first bowler in nearly 50 years to successfully defend the U.S. Bowling Congress Masters title Sunday.
Belmonte beat EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., 221-177 in the final.
Belmonte is the third player to successfully defend a Masters title, joining Dick Hoover (1956-57) and Billy Welu (1964-65). The reigning Professional Bowlers Association Player of the Year also became the seventh player to win consecutive majors. He won the PBA Tournament of Champions in January.
In the semifinal, Belmonte hung on for a one-pin victory over Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix, 235-234, by putting a spare on the board in the final frame and getting nine pins on the fill ball.
Belmonte earned $50,000.