PBA champions Barnes, Gómez, Jones, Palermaa to bowl for men's title


    2012 WSC

    2012EBT04ChrisBarnes.jpgFour PBA champions will bowl for the men's title at the inaugural World Singles Championships in Cyprus Tuesday afternoon as 13-time champion Chris Barnes, Tommy Jones, both United States, Osku Palermaa of Finland and Andrés Gómez of Colombia won their quarterfinal matches earlier today at Galactica Bowling Center in Limassol.

    Barnes (pictured left), a 13-time PBA titlist and WTBA World Champion 2010 in Team and Masters, swept Khaled Al-Dossari of Qatar in best-of-five games format, 3-0, posting games of 247, 222 and 245.

    201112PBAAndresGomez.jpgHe will meet Andrés Gómez (right), who became the first PBA champion from Colombia when he won the Carmen Salvino Classic during the 2011-12 PBA World Series of Bowling.

    Gómez rolled games of 221 and 222 to take a 2-0 lead against No. 1 seed, Syafiq Ridhwan. The Malaysian narrowed the gap with a 208-203 win in game three but Gómez' 235-232 win in game four sealed Ridhwan's fate, 3-1.

    2012EBT13OskuPalermaa.jpgThree-time PBA Champion Osku Palermaa (left), who won two titles last season including the PBA World Championships, his first PBA "Major" and an international PBA title in Kuwait, swept Sweden's Martin Paulsson, 3-0.

    The first game went into overtime after a 204-204 tie and was decided in the second one-ball roll-off. Both players struck on their first shot, Palermaa also on the second but Paulsson left one pin standing to give the two-hander a 1-0 lead.

    201112PBATommyJones.jpgPalermaa added two big games, 256 and 265, to win in three games. The Finn meets the other 13-time PBA champion in the field, Tommy Jones (right), who had hard work to do to eliminate England's first PBA champion Stuart Williams, 3-2.

    Williams, who won his lone PBA title in the season-opening event of the 2011-2012 PBA tour, came out of the gates with a 234-209 win. Jones rebounded with back-to-back wins, 214-184 and 265-183, but Williams leveled the match with a 248-238 win in game four.

    The fifth game was decided in the final frame. Needing to mark in the 10th frame, the 2005-06 PBA Player of Year struck on his first shot and added a nine-count to win the game and the match, 237-235.

    2012WSCLogo.jpgThe 71 men from 40 countries were split into four squads to bowl two blocks of six games over four days on the 41 feet WTBA Montreal oil pattern (Lane Map Guide) before the cut to the top 24 players who advanced to the finals Sept. 24 and 25.

    The top 24 players bowl for the title in single-elimination match-play bracket. The top eight qualifiers received one bye. All qualifying pin fall was dropped.

    The first three rounds of the finals feature best-of-five games match play until the field is trimmed to the top four. The semifinal matches and the championship match are one-game matches.

    In each match of the final, the highest seeded player decides which player starts to play in the first game. For the first three rounds the starting player will change after each game. In case of a tie in any game, a one ball roll-off will be played and repeated until the tie is broken.

    The field will be trimmed to 16, 8, 4 and then two players who will determine the champion in the gold medal match. The semifinal losers will share the bronze medal.

    Free live streaming will be provided of the entire championships. To view the live streaming click here.


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    Men's Finals - Quarterfinal Results

    Best-of-five games bracket format; winners advance, losers eliminated