Ricky Ward won his fifth PBA Tour title, beating Jason Couch, 269-237, in the Tar Heel Open.
"I was soul-searching out there today," said Ward, who earned $20,000. "I was determined not to let myself down. I was focused on victory, knowing I only had to throw 24 good shots, play my own game, and not worry about who I was bowling against. I was ready to prove to myself that I still had the fire inside."
In the semifinal match, Ward beat Parker Bohn III, 228-184.
Bohn beat Eric Forkel, 204-202, in the first match, and edged Mike Aulby, 234-196, in the second match.