Via claims the final berth in the special event airing April 18 live on FOX


Reno, Nev.—Chris Via won his first career Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour title by defeating Jakob Butturff in the championship match of the 2021 U.S. Open, 214-213. Via, who has qualified for five of the last seven televised major championship finals, also earned the fifth and final spot in the PBA Super Slam, which will air live on FOX Broadcast Channel April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET.

Via joins Kyle Troup (PBA Players Championship), François Lavoie (PBA Tournament of Champions), Tom Daugherty (Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship) and Thomas Larsen (USBC Masters) in the Super Slam field.

The PBA Super Slam, a special event paying $100,000 to the winner, will feature all five major champions from the 2021 Guaranteed Rate PBA Tour season bowling a single game to determine seeding. The player with the lowest score will be eliminated and the four surviving players will be seeded into the semifinals.

PBA Super Slam Competitors

Kyle Troup
François Lavoie
Tom Daugherty
Thomas Larsen
Chris Via

PBA Super Slam Competition Format

Bowlero Annandale – Annandale, Va.

Live on FOX April 18 at 12:30 p.m. ET

Match 1: All five players bowl one game (lowest score eliminated)
Match 2: No. 1 seed vs. No. 4 seed
Match 3: No. 2 seed vs. No. 3 seed
Championship match: Winner of match 2 vs. Winner of match 3

About the PBA

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