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2018 World Bowling Tour Men’s Point Ranking after Malmö

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Anthony Simonsen, a two-handed athlete from the United States, holds a big lead on both World Bowling Tour men’s rankings, the two-year rolling point list and the qualifying list for the 2018 World Bowling Tour men’s finals.

After the conclusion of the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters in Malmö, Sweden, Professional Bowlers Association champions hold the top 10 places in the rankings. As three of the 12 WBT events this season are for women only (2017 World Bowling Championships, USBC Queens and U.S. Women’s Open), the men’s World Bowling Tour 2018 consists of nine events.

Simonsen (featured photo and left) has accumulated 1589 points in 12 tournaments over the past two years to hold a 471-point lead over four-time PBA Player of the Year Jason Belmonte (right) of Australia, who is second with 1118.

However, with the introduction of a new point system in 2018, athletes can earn up to 600 points for the victory in a tier 1 event compared to 200 points for victory in a “major” event in the previous seasons.

Kyle Troup (left), who received 400 points for his victory in the Storm Lucky Larsen Masters last Sunday, leaped into third place with 974. Simonsen, Belmonte and Troup are using a two-handed delivery from the right-hand side.

The best traditional bowlers was Stuart Williams (right) of England in fourth place with 963.

Places five through seven belonged to U.S. bowlers Andrew Anderson (894), EJ Tackett (left; 823) and Sean Rash (786) with Thailand’s Annop Arromsaranon (right) and Yannaphon Larp-apharat in eighth and ninth place with 754 and 723 points, respectively.

Rounding out the top 10 was Two-handed lefty Jesper Svensson of Sweden with 624.

In the hunt for the three spots in the 2018 WBT Men’s Final Simonsen’s lead was even bigger than in the two-year point list. He has accumulated 1476 points in five of the six men’s events in 2018 so far to hold a 584 cushion over Troup, who is second with 892, with Anderson (left) in third place on 880.

The World Bowling Tour Finals presented by the PBA will be contested January 6 at the International Training and Research Center in Arlington, Texas, for airing on Fox Sports 1 on Sunday, March 10, at 10 p.m. EST.

The World Bowling Tour 2018 commences with the WBT/PBA World Bowling Tour Thailand, a Tier 2 event to be held September 22-28 at Blu–O Rhythm & Bowl Ratchayothin in Bangkok, Thailand.

The World Bowling Tour is sanctioned by World Bowling, the governing body for the sport of bowling. The tour is the premier international bowling series that is hosted in numerous, unique cities around the globe.

Due to an agreement between World Bowling and the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA), World Bowling Tour tournaments will award a PBA Tour title if the winner is a PBA member (who doesn’t accept handicap pins). However, when an event is U.S. based and not a PBA event (such as the New Mexico Open), no PBA title can be granted.

Men and women compete for points to earn places on the World Bowling Tour rankings. In 2018, World Bowling has introduced a three-tier system. Base points range from 100 points for first place to 24 points for 50th place. In Tier 1 events, athletes receive six times the number of WBT Ranking base point, in Tier 2 events four times and in Tier 3 events two times.

The points system still is based on a continuous two-year cycle, where points include every event from the previous two year format. The top three men and top three women in the annual points list will compete in the season-ending World Bowling Tour Finals (date and venue tba).

World Bowling provides governance to international bowling and is made up of 134 bowling international federations. For more information on the World Bowling Tour, click here.

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Storm Lucky Larsen Masters (Tier 2) – Men’s Ranking

Players with position, country and ranking points

1. Kyle Troup, USA, 400
2. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 320
3. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 280
4. Bill O’Neill, USA, 240
5. Anthony Simonsen, USA, 200
6. Pontus Andersson, Sweden, 192
7. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 184
8. Martin Larsen, Sweden, 176
9. Sean Rash, USA, 168
10. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 160
11. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 120
12. Mattias Wetterberg, Sweden, 120
13. Stuart Williams, England, 120
14. Teemu Putkisto, Finland, 120
15. Marshall Kent, USA, 120
16. Tom Daugherty, USA, 120
17. Karl Wahlgren, Sweden, 120
18. Jimmy Mortensen, Denmark, 120
19. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 120
20. William Svensson, Sweden, 120
21. Mikael Roos, Sweden, 120
22. Tore Torgersen, Norway, 120
23. Kimmo Lehtonen, Finland, 112
24. Peter Hellström, Sweden, 112
25. EJ Tackett, USA, 112
26. Gustaf Johansson, Sweden, 112
27. Matt McNeil, USA, 112
28. Richard Teece, England, 112
29. Joonas Jähi, Finland, 112
30. Alfred Berggren, Sweden, 112
31. Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 112
32. Emanuel Jonsson, Sweden, 112
33. Gaëtan Mouveroux, France, 112
34. Kamron Doyle, USA, 112
35. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 104
36. Syafiq Ridhwan, Malaysia, 104
37. Andrew Cain, USA, 104
38. AJ Chapman, USA, 104
39. Kim Andersson, Sweden, 104
40. Pyry Puharinen, Finland, 104
41. Tomas Käyhkö, Finland, 104
42. Kevin Lindbladh, Sweden, 104
43. Carsten Warming Hansen, Denmark, 104
44. Cameron Weier, USA, 104
45. Rasmus Edvall, Sweden, 104
46. Viktor Albihn, Sweden, 104
47. Niko Oksanen, Finland, 96
48. Bengt Petersson, Sweden, 96
49. Jörgen Roos, Sweden, 96
50. Martin Paulsson, Sweden, 96

Qualifying Standings for 2018 WBT Men’s Final

Standings after 9/12 events. Top 25 with position, country and total points earned in 2018 WBT events and the highest points in a single event (in parenthesis). Top 3 will advance to the WBT Men’s Final (dates and venue tba).

1. Anthony Simonsen, USA, 1476 (600)
2. Kyle Troup, USA, 892 (400)
3. Andrew Anderson, USA, 880 (600)

4. Stuart Williams, England, 864 (280)
5. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 808 (320)
6. Annop Arromsaranon, Thailand, 720 (480)
7. EJ Tackett, USA, 692 (400)
8. Sean Rash, USA, 652 (184)
9. Darren Tang, USA, 616 (180)
10. Yannaphon Larp-apharat, Thailand, 596 (320)
11. Richard Teece, England, 564 (180)
12. Jason Sterner, USA, 512 (288)
13. Alexander Hoskins, USA, 480 (480)
14. Bill O’Neill, USA, 480 (240)
15. Chris Barnes, USA, 480 (200)
16. Chris Via, USA, 460 (280)
17. Choi Seokbyeong, Korea, 420 (420)
(tie) Steve Kloempken, USA, 420 (420)
19. Rhino Page, USA, 420 (300)
20. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 388 (180)
21. Christopher Sloan, Ireland, 384 (280)
22. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 376 (192)
23. Francois Lavoie, Canada, 376 (160)
24. Choi Wonyoung, Korea, 360 (360)
(tie) Joe Paluszek, USA, 360 (360)

2018 WBT Men’s Point Ranking – Standings after Malmö (WBT #9/12)

Players with country, ranking point total, points earned in 2018, 2017 and 2016, highest points in a single event and number of top 50 finishes

Herbert Bickel

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