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Chris Via survives 'major' pressure amid deteriorating ball reaction to edge Jakob Butturff and win the 2021 U.S. Open for his first PBA Tour title

JEFF RICHGELS | Posted: Sunday, April 11, 2021 5:00 pm
Chris Via with the 2021 U.S. Open trophy. Photo by USBC.
The pressure of winning a major title amid a deteriorating lane pattern was obvious in the final frames of the title match of the 2021 U.S. Open. In the end, Chris Via made one less errant shot and got one more break than Jakob Butturff as he survived the cauldron to finally win his first PBA Tour title in literally major fashion 214-213. Through seven frames, Butturff led 158-157 with both players working on spares in the eighth. Both sides of the lane had clearly gotten a bit tricky with...