Weber, who came into the stepladder finals as the No. 4 qualifier, threw clutch shots in three matches to win, but none was more critical than his strike on his final ball in the title match. Needing at least a nine-count spare and strike to win, Weber threw a perfect pocket shot on his first ball, but left a 10 pin. After converting the spare, he threw an identical shot that carried for a strike.
In winning the title, Weber broke a tie with his late father, Professional Bowlers Association legend Dick Weber, and his father's close friend, the late Don Carter, who each won the forerunner to the U.S. Open, the BPAA All Star, four times.
"Dad, I know you were watching," Weber said as he looked up toward heaven after the win. "I know you're proud, and I'm sorry I broke your record.