Benton's roller coaster season

When it comes to the 2018 Bassmaster Elite Series, Drew Benton hasn't had a good season thus far. He was 90th in Toyota Angler of the Year points after three Elite events. He started the year with a 101st at Lake Martin, a 73rd at Grand Lake and a 45th at Kentucky Lake. A win today would give Benton a guaranteed Classic berth, which would be a welcomed sight and lifted pressure off his shoulders.

With his Elite Series struggles to start the year people are probably wondering where are the bright spots I hinted at in the headline. His Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Opens success has been plentiful this year. He is fishing the Central Opens and has two Top 12's in as many tries. He notched a final day appearance at both Ross Barnett and the Arkansas River. A 12th and 7th are welcomed sights, money and momentum possibly.

A win today would be icing on the cake for Benton and a Classic berth in his pocket. His excellent event this week has already jumped him from 90th to 55th and now he's back on track.

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