Recapping The Special Year of Three-Time Predator Pro Billiard Series Fedor Gorst

Fedor Gorst

2022 has been a special year for Fedor Gorst, who has taken home his fair share of championship glory here in 2022. 

The 22-year-old started the year on a high note by emerging victorious in the 2022 Arcadia Arizona Open in January, which netted him $25,000. Gorst was also the winner of the inaugural Arcadia Open back in 2021.

Continuing with his strong year, Gorst was this year’s winner of the U.S. Open 10-Ball Championship to claim the main $9,100 prize. Gorst finished ahead of Lee Vann Corteza,  who pocketed $4,600 in prize money. 

It was not a surprise that after the Copper State launched legalized sports betting in September of last year, the odds for Gorst and several other sporting events got covered by the sportsbooks in Arizona. 

Big names like DraftKings, FanDuel, Caesars and BetMGM and well, taking into consideration that these are the biggest names covering the Super Bowl 57 that will be taking place at State Farm Stadium (home of the Cardinals) in Glendale, Arizona on Feb. 12, it is clear that Gorst’s victory got backed-up by big names in the industry, while placing his own at the top.

Gorst’s incredible 2022 campaign continued into the month of October. 

The Moscow, Russia native was also victorious at the FargoRate Ohio Open. There, Gorst managed to get past legend Roberto Gomez to claim the $25,000 prize. It marked a milestone victory for Gorst, who also became the first man to win three Predator Pro Billiard championships.

Coming into this tournament, Gorst and 26-year-old Aloysius Yapp (the winner of the 2021 and 2022) were the two men to have won multiple titles in the Pro Billiards Series.

Gorst Eyes Unprecedented Fourth Title At Medalla Lite Puerto Rico Open

There isn’t much more for Gorst to prove this year. The 22-year-old has pieced together one of the greatest individual seasons in the Pro Billiards Series.

But of course, he can add even more to his special trophy room with a victory at the Medalla Lite Puerto Rico Open, the last scheduled tournament of the US Pro Billiard Series for 2022.

The Medalla Lite Puerto Rico Open will be held from Nov. 15-18 at the Puerto Rico Convention Center in San Juan. The event will be limited to 128 players, and the winner will take home the special grand prize of $100,000.

Gorst, Yapp & Gomez Headline Favorites For Medalla Lite Puerto Rico Open 

Gorst will be among the premier favorites to win the last tournament here in 2022. He has a whopping 639 points (320 in tournament points and 319 in FargoRate), and he’s finished top 10 in each of his last six tournaments.

The previously mentioned Yapp and Gomez should also be considered strong favorites to win the Medalla Lite Puerto Rico Open.

If there’s one person who can seriously push Gorst for that No. 1 ranking, it’s Yapp (second). He has 606 points (320 of them are tournament points). After finishing ninth in the 2021 Las Vegas Open, Yapp followed it up with a victory at the Michigan Open to claim the $12,000 prize.

Yapp finished second at this year’s Apex Wisconsin Open 2022, losing to 31-year-old Alex Kazakis (previously the No. 1 ranked player by the WPA). Yapp was also the runner-up at the 2022 Las Vegas Open, which was won by 21-year-old Wiktor Zielinski.

As previously noted, Yapp won this year’s CSI Michigan Open to win the $20,000 grand prize. He finished ninth at the FarGoGate Ohio Open, taking him $1,500 in winnings.

The No. 4 ranked Gomez is cruising with 506 total points, and he’s had four top-three finishes dating back to the 2021 Arizona Open (third at that tournament, second at both the Michigan and Ohio Open and second at this year’s FargoRate Ohio Open).

Gorst will certainly have a strong level of competition at the Medalla Lite Puerto Rico Open, no doubt. But if he can add a fourth title to his trophy room? It would make an already incredible 2022 season that much sweeter.