After 48 games and nine frames, the 2023 U.S. Open presented by Go Bowling! title came down to a single frame.
EJ Tackett needed a strike and eight pins to win the title he so desperately coveted. In perhaps the biggest moment of his bowling career, he delivered a pair of strikes to claim the green jacket and $100,000 top prize.
Tackett defeated Kyle Troup in the title match 221-208, for his 17th career PBA Tour title and third career major. After winning the 2016 World Championship and 2017 Tournament of Champions, the U.S. Open title made Tackett the ninth player in PBA history to win the Triple Crown.
More than that, Tackett, at long last, picked up a PBA Tour victory in his home state of Indiana.
“This is just absolutely incredible,” Tackett said. “I have so many people here supporting me. What this tournament means is a whole mountain of things. The Triple Crown. The U.S. Open. Winning here at Woodland. Winning in the state of Indiana. Getting my flag down there in the Beer Thirty bar along with everyone else. Another major. The list just compiles what this tournament means.”
The snippet above was from the article posted by Nolan Hughes on the official PBA website. Click HERE to read the full PBA article. There is also a newer article posted by Nolan with a more in-depth look at EJ Tackett and what this title meant to him. You'll find that HERE.
EJ's ball of choice for the U.S. Open was the Venom Shock. It is not only the most popular MOTIV ball ever made, but it has also been used to secure more PBA titles than any other ball from MOTIV. There is something special about the Turmoil MFS cover stock, which is why it has been utilized on the new Primal Shock as well.
To watch EJ's emotional winning shot at the 2023 U.S. Open, just click below on the video.