It is without question that Paul McBeth has the talent and fierce mindset needed in order to win consecutive Disc Golf Pro Tour titles if his body will cooperate. After
ripping through the entire season, McBeth hit a snag at the Green Mountain Championship when an off-course incident caused a flare up in the four-time World Champion’s back. After trying to play through the injury, Paul was forced to withdraw from the event. Now on the road to recovery, McBeth will look to get back to championship form.
The Season To Date
McBeth proved that he meant business in 2017 when he won the Memorial Championships to kick off his DGPT season. After sitting out WACO, Paul picked up right where he left off with a rain-shortened victory at the Nick Hyde Memorial. That victory, however, would be the last time that McBeth saw the top of the podium in the DGPT regular season. Paul finished as the runner-up in back-to-back-to-back Pro Tour events at Ledgestone, Idlewild, and Vibram. When McBeth wasn’t playing on the Pro Tour, he was putting in work elsewhere, picking up two NT titles (Master’s Cup and Glass Blown Open), a Major victory (European Open), and a second place finish at Worlds. Paul has yet to finish outside of the top five in any event that he’s finished this season which explains why Paul has sat atop of our Power Rankings for most of the year.
McBeth had other things, besides disc golf, on his mind during the 2016 Disc Golf Pro Tour Championship. Paul’s cousin suffered an injury, leading up to the event, that had Paul focused on family. Finding a way to help his cousin from a coast away, Paul pledged to donate any money won to help offset his cousin’s medical bills. Using his family as motivation, McBeth survived semi-finals scare against Dana Vicich to move into the finals. McBeth refused to give his finals cardmates, Nikko Locastro, James Cole, Nate Sexton, and Peter McBride, any hope, controlling the entire round and finishing with a three-stroke margin over Locastro to secure the first ever DGPT Championship.
Relive the 2016 finals with the written recap.
The Big Test
Much more will be know about McBeth’s chances in the Tour Championship after this upcoming weekend when Paul and the world’s best take on Winthrop Gold for the United States Disc Golf Championship. McBeth’s back will be tested on the biggest stage and if Paul proves that he is healthy enough to compete for a USDGC title, it will be a good indicator that a second straight DGPT title could follow. The first time we will see McBeth in action, during the Tour Championship, will be in the semi-final round. After finishing second in tour points, Paul earned byes through the first two rounds and will face off, in the semis, against seventh seeded, Paul Ulibari, along with the third and sixth highest seeds out of the quarterfinals. If Paul’s back proves to be 100%, he certainly becomes one of the favorites to repeat as champion. If not, it could be anyone’s title to win. The action begins October 19th.
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