Outside his immediate family, no one is any bigger fan of current leader Brandon Dillard than Keith Combs.
Combs is 43rd in the points standings of Bassmaster Angler of the Year. That race ended two weeks ago at the final 2020 Bassmaster Elite Series event on Lake Fork.
Of course, the AOY points determine who from the Elite Series qualifies for the 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk. However, there are contingencies for anglers outside the cutline to get in the Classic.
Which brings us back to Dillard. He did not fish the other three Central Opens, meaning he gave up his automatic invitation to the Classic should he win this tournament. If that happens, the Classic invite goes to the first Elite Series angler outside the cut.
That man is Combs.