Australian two-hander Jason Belmonte was the overwhelming choice as the 2020 Chris Schenkel PBA Player of the Year for a sixth time.
Belmonte, 37, won two major championships in 2020 to extend his PBA record to 13 career major victories. His win in the U.S. Open made him the second player in history, after Mike Aulby, to complete the Super Slam of all five major titles. In the final event before the COVID-19 pandemic forced a pause to the season, Belmonte won his third consecutive PBA World Championship.
After nearly seven months at home, Belmonte returned to the United States and won his third PBA Chameleon Championship for his 25th overall career title. Belmonte is now tied for 10th all-time with Hall of Famer Brian Voss. His three titles in 2020 were more than any other player aside from Kyle Troup, who also had three wins.
In the 13 events he entered, Belmonte finished in the top five eight times and led all players in both competition points, average (225.31) and earnings (a career-best $292,800). By qualifying for all four major championship finals telecasts, Belmonte became the first player in PBA history to advance to the championship finals in four majors in a single season for the third time, matching his accomplishments in 2019 and 2013. No other player has done so more than once.
This is the second consecutive and sixth career Player of the Year Award for Belmonte, tying PBA Hall of Famer Earl Anthony for the second-most all-time POY awards. Only Walter Ray Williams Jr., with seven, has more. Belmonte previously was selected as POY in 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2019.
|2010||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|2003||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|2002||* Parker Bohn III|
|1999||Parker Bohn III|
|1998||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1997||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1996||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1993||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1986||Walter Ray Williams Jr.|
|1970||Nelson Burton Jr.|