Keith Combs best career finish in an Elite event was third place at the season opener on the St. Johns River in 2012. As a rookie in 2011, he finished second (behind Ott DeFoe) in the Rookie of the Year race and was 15th in Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year. He qualified for the Classic in 2011 and 2012, but missed this year's championship when he hit a rough spot in last season's Elite Series. He missed the cut to 50 in three straight tournaments (including four of the last five) and fell just short of qualifying. For his Elite career, he makes the first cut almost 65 percent of the time. This is only the third time he's qualified for the finals and the first time he's done it anywhere other than the St. Johns River. In addition to his third place finish on the St. Johns in 2012, he was ninth there in 2011.