Belmonte Retains Comfortable Lead in PBA World Championship Despite 3-5 Record in First Match Play Round

by Jerry Schneider March 16, 2019 10:01

ALLEN PARK, Mich. – Despite a 3-5 record after the first match play round of the PBA World Championship Saturday at Thunderbowl Lanes, defending champion Jason Belmonte retained his lead with an 11,029 pinfall total including match win bonus pins for 48 games.

The 16-player match play field will return this afternoon at 3 p.m. for the final eight-game round which will determine the top five for the live stepladder finals Thursday at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

Belmonte, a four-time PBA Player of the Year and 19-time tour winner, is trying to earn top-qualifier honors for the third consecutive major tournament in his pursuit to win a record 11th major.

Belmonte won the PBA Tournament of Champions in February for his 10th PBA major to tie PBA Hall of Famers Earl Anthony and Pete Weber for first on the all-time majors list. The following week, as top qualifier, he was denied an 11th major title losing to fellow two-hander Anthony Simonsen in the title match of the PBA Players Championship the following week.

Belmonte holds a 212-pin lead over BJ Moore who retained second place with a 5-3 record and 10,817 pinfall.

Rounding out the top five were Kyle Sherman, 10,616 (6-2); five-time tour winner Jakob Butturff, 10,518 (6-2), and two-time tour winner Tom Daugherty, 10541 (4-4).

Former Player of the Year and 2016 World Championship winner EJ Tackett remains in contention to make the finals finishing in eighth with a 10,560 pinfall (3-5).

Live World Series of Bowling X telecasts on FS1 will begin when FOX Sports airs the championship finals of the PBA’s Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships live on FS1 on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday at 8 p.m. Eastern. After the World Championship telecast, WSOB X will wrap up with the tape-delayed USA vs. The World team competition Friday, March 22 at 8 p.m. ET.

The finalists for the Cheetah, Chameleon and Scorpion Championships will be determined after single-elimination match play competition earlier on the days of their respective finals telecasts.  The match play rounds can be seen on PBA’s live streaming service FloBowling.

PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

Thunderbowl Lanes, Allen Park, Mich., Saturday

MATCH PLAY STANDINGS (after 48 games, includes match play record and pinfall with bonus pins)

1, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 3-5-0, 11,029.
2, BJ Moore, Greensburg, Pa., 5-3-0, 10,817.
3, Kyle Sherman, O'Fallon, Mo., 6-2-0, 10,796.
4, Jakob Butturff, Tempe, Ariz., 6-2-0, 10,698.
5, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 4-4-0, 10,661.
6, Bill O'Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 4-4-0, 10,608.
7, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 6-2-0, 10,606.
8, EJ Tackett, Bluffton, Ind., 3-5-0, 10,560.
9, AJ Chapman, Manchester, Iowa, 3-5-0, 10,548.
10, Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 1-7-0, 10,527.
11, Rhino Page, Orlando, 4-4-0, 10,489.
12, Chris Barnes, Double Oak, Texas, 6-2-0, 10,472.
13, Shawn Maldonado, Houston, 3-5-0, 10,465.
14, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 4-4-0, 10,415.
15, Dick Allen, Lexington, S.C., 5-3-0, 10,362.
16, Anthony Simonsen, Little Elm, Texas, 1-7-0, 10,193.

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