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Champion crowned at PBA World Championship


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The champion in the PBA World Championshipwas determined on Sunday, Dec. 19, to conclude the PBA World Series of Bowling IX at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

2017 PBA World Championship finalists, from left: Jesper Svensson, Jason Belmonte, Ryan Ciminelli, Kyle Troup and Matt Sanders.

The crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World of Series IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, the PBA World Championship, was taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST.

As top qualifier for the PBA World Championship, Jesper Svensson of Sweden earned the right to select which of the four PBA animal patterns he wanted the field to confront during the stepladder finals, and he selected the Chameleon 39 pattern.

Svensson, already a seven-time PBA Tour winner after winning the PBA Cheetah Championship, was trying for his second PBA major title after winning the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions, while second-seeded Jason Belmonte, a 15-time Tour winner, was trying for his ninth major, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player had won the PBA World Championship before.

Belmonte was also trying for his third major title of the season winning the Barbasol PBA Players Championship and 2017 United States Bowling Congress Masters earlier this year.

Joining two-handers Svensson and Belmonte in the stepladder final were seven-time Tour winner Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., who is also trying for his second major, after winning the 2015 U.S. Open; two-time Tour winner Kyle Troup of Taylorsville, N.C., another two-hander, who won his lone title in 2017 together with Svensson in the Mark Roth/Marshall Holman PBA Doubles Championship; and PBA Rookie of the Year contender Matt Sanders of Evansville, Ind., who won his first PBA Tour title earlier this season in the Billy Hardwick Memorial Open.

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PBA World Championship – Stepladder Finals

ESPN delayed telecast airs on Sunday, Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. ET.

Championship Round:
1. Jason Belmonte, Australia, 495 (2 games), $60,000
2. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 225 (1 game), $30,000
3. Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 450 (2 games), $25,000
4. Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 428 (2 games), $20,000
5. Matt Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 248 (1 game), $15,000

Playoff Results:
First Match: No. 4 Troup def. No. 5 Sanders, 10-7, in roll-off after a 248-248 tie
Second Match: No. 3 Ciminelli def. Troup, 193-180
Semi-final Match: No. 2 Belmonte vs. Ciminelli, 9-7, in roll-off after a 257-257 tie
Championship: Belmonte def. No. 1 Svensson, 238-225.

Herbert Bickel

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