In the history of competitive pinball, very few (24 in fact) have had the chance to call themselves a Major Champion. Like professional golf or tennis, the opportunity to join this elite club only happens four times a year. The Pinburgh 2015 final brought together three finalists looking to add their name to this list ([player]Raymond Davidson[/player], [player]Kevin Birrell[/player] and [player]Zach Sharpe[/player]), with [player]Keith Elwin[/player] looking to capture his record 9th Major Championhip and 2nd of 2015.
Following a tiebreaker with [player]Raymond Davidson[/player] on Ironman, it was [player]Zach Sharpe[/player] who became the 25th Major Champion in competitive pinball history. Having been one game away from winning PAPA, IFPA and the EPC over the course of his career, the 800 pound gorilla as being "the best player to have never won a Major" is finally off Zach's back. This was also Zach's 7th top 4 finish at a Major, one of only six players to accomplish this in a career (Elwin, Kerins, Sheats, Engelbrektsson, Acciari are the others).
With his 3rd place finish [player]Keith Elwin[/player] added to his record for the most top 4 finishes in Major Championships, expanding that total to 14. [player]Raymond Davidson[/player] increased his top 4 finishes in Major Championships to 2, while [player]Kevin Birrell[/player] entered the record books with his first top 4 Major Championship finish (the 76th player to do so).
To view the most current list of Major Championship stats, click HERE.