Seven-time PBA Tour titlist and 2015 U.S. Open champion Ryan Ciminelli was forced to withdraw from the PBA Tournament of Champions today after bowling through injury in the opening round of qualifying this morning.
The 32-year-old sputtered to a -216 showing after six games, averaging just 164 before withdrawing.
"Basically, I was laboring for a mason company a couple months back since my run on tour has been so bad, just trying to make a little extra money," the Clarence, N.Y., resident told BJI. "No clue what happened. It comes and goes with sharp, shooting pains. About three days before I left for the TOC, they started again.
"The weirdest part," added the left-hander, "[is that] it's my right shoulder."
Masonry is in Ciminelli's blood, as his father Angelo is a bricklayer. A 2016 MarketWatch profile noted that, in the years immediately following Ciminelli's decision to join the PBA Tour in 2007, "He traveled to tournaments with his parents and spent time working as a bricklayer with his father to make money to get to tournaments."
Ciminelli said he is not sure whether he will be able to bowl next week's PBA Players Championship, qualifying for which gets underway on Feb. 13. If unable to bowl, it would mean Ciminelli's injury will have sidelined him for both of the season's first two majors.
Ciminelli has cashed once in four events so far in the 2019 season, making $1,555 in the PBA Lubbock Sports Open last month when, shortly after boarding a flight to Dallas, he was surprised to learn he'd made the cut as the 24th and final spot in that event's cashers' round. He had to make the flight anyway when he was not allowed to get off the plane, then rented a car upon arrival in Dallas and drove back to Lubbock to bowl the following morning.
He finished 20th in Lubbock, his season high in individual events so far this year. He began the year with a 40th-place finish in the PBA Hall of Fame Classic, then finished 26th in the PBA Oklahoma Open, and finished 16th in the Mark Roth-Marshall Holman Doubles Championship with partner Rhino Page.
Ciminelli's last individual title on the PBA Tour came in 2016 at the BowlingBall.com PBA Shootout Presented by Xtra Frame.