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Breaking Down the Cup Field

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Justin Atkins Photo by Charles Waldorf. Angler: Justin Atkins.
A statistical look at who’s competing on Ouachita
July 17, 2018 • Curtis Niedermier • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit

The 2018 FLW Cup field includes 56 of the best bass pros in the world who qualified over the course of the 2017 and 2018 seasons. On Aug. 10-12 at Lake Ouachita they’ll compete for their share of the $1,097,500 prize purse, which includes the $300,000 first-place prize.

Those are impressive numbers, to say the least. In keeping with the “numbers” theme, here are some more to consider with regard to the 2018 Cup roster.

$26,712,126.53: Total dollars awarded at the Cup since 1996

396: Number of people overall who have fished the Cup as a pro

22: Number of first-time Cup qualifiers in 2018

19: Number of times Andy Morgan has fished the Cup, which is the most ever. He’ll make his 20th appearance in 2018.

184: Number of combined Cup appearances by the pros who qualified in the 2018 field

21: Number of pros who’ve fished the Cup at least 10 times. Seven of them are in the Cup this year, and Cody Meyer and Scott Canterbury will each make his 10th appearance in 2018.

9: Number of top-10 Cup finishes by Bryan Thrift, the most ever. He’s only missed the top 10 twice in 11 chances.

53: Combined number of top-10 Cup finishes on the pro side by the 2018 field. Seventeen of this year’s qualifiers have made a top 10 as a pro at the Cup.

0: Number of pros who have won FLW Tour Angler of the Year and the Cup in the same season. Mark Rose will try to change that number to 1 this season.

0: Number of pros with two Cup wins

4: Number of past Cup champs in the 2018 field: David Dudley, Scott Martin, Justin Atkins and John Cox

6: Number of FLW Tour AOY winners in the 2018 field: Bryan Thrift, David Dudley, Scott Martin, Clark Wendlandt, Andy Morgan and Mark Rose

21: Age of Jacob Wheeler, the youngest Cup champ, when he earned the title in 2012

20: Age of Sheldon Collings, the youngest angler in the 2018 Cup field

55: Age of George Cochran, the oldest Cup champ, when he earned the title in 1999

66: Age of Bill Chapman, the oldest angler in the 2018 Cup field

$34,306,775.93: Total FLW career earnings by the 56 pros qualified to fish the 2018 Cup

14: Number of 20-somethings qualified for the 2018 Cup

46: Number of combined FLW Tour wins by the 2018 Cup qualifiers

6: Number of 2018 FLW Tour rookies who made the Cup: Matt Becker, Cody Hahner, Wes Logan, Tyler Stewart, Todd Castledine and Sheldon Collings

1,038: Number of top-10 finishes in FLW events by the 2018 Cup qualifiers

2: Sets of brothers fishing the Cup, including Chris and Cory Johnston and Brandon and Jared McMillan