Pace-ing ourselves

Cliff Pace is have a strong tournament, here's more about the young Mississippi pro.


Pace entered the Elite Series in 2007, though he wasn't technically a rookie, and finished 16th in the AOY standings that year. He was eighth in 2009 and sixth in 2010. No one doubts that this guy has the skills to win big. In 2011, though, he stumbled and finished 50th.


Pace is 32 years old and, although he's won a couple of Opens (in 2003 and 2004), his biggest claim to fame is a runner-up finish to Alton Jones at the 2008 Bassmaster Classic.


Pace has fished in the Elite finals seven times before today. His best finish was second place behind Kevin Short at Pickwick in 2010.


Here's a statistical shocker for you — but only because Pace tends to fly under the radar. Out of all the Elite pros, he ranks fourth in Top 50 finishes. Only Kevin VanDam, Skeet Reese and Todd Faircloth cash checks a higher percentage of the time. Pace has a 73.47 percent success rate when it comes to finishing in the money, and he made checks in 11 straight events between 2010 and 2011.

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