The champions of the Cheetah, Chameleon, Scorpion and Shark Championships, which were conducted on lane conditioning patterns that bear those animal names, involved a simultaneous opening game with all four finalists bowling one game, and the top two advancing to the title match.
The crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World of Series VIII will be Sunday’s live ESPN telecast of the PBA World Championship from the National Bowling Stadium at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT).
EJ Tackett of Huntington, Ind., who is the top qualifier for the second consecutive year, will be joined by England’s Dom Barrett, Jason Belmonte of Australia, Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., and Anthony Simonsen of Austin, Texas, in the stepladder finals.
GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling VIII braces for a wild finish
Four PBA World Series of Bowling VIII “Animal Pattern” ESPN finals set
Walter Ray Williams Jr. sweeps Pete Weber in PBA Shark Round of 16
Svensson beats Belmonte to advance to PBA Scorpion Championship Round of 8
EJ Tackett rebounds to advance to PBA Chameleon Championship Round of 8
Sean Rash looks for silver lining after advancing to Cheetah Final 8
EJ Tackett earns second consecutive top qualifier berth at PBA World Championship
EJ Tackett improves his chances to win PBA Player of the Year honors
EJ Tackett leads PBA World Championship field into final Match Play rounds
Andrew Cain passes Pete Weber for PBA Shark Championship qualifying lead
Australia’s Jason Belmonte paces PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying
Mike DeVaney rolls into PBA Chameleon Championship qualifying lead
Perfect game vaults Brandon Novak into PBA Cheetah Championship qualifying lead
PBA’s World Series animal pattern finals to stream live on ESPN3
2016 PBA Tour Schedule & Champions
ESPN delayed telecast airs on Sunday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. ET.
1. Mike Wolfe, New Albany, Ind., $20,000
2. Darren Tang, San Francisco, Calif., $10,000
3. Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, $5,000
4. B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., $5,000
Opening game: Tang 237, Wolfe 223, Simonsen 210, Moore 192
Simonsen and Moore eliminated.
Championship: Wolfe def. Tang, 279-143.
ESPN delayed telecast airs on Sunday, Dec. 24, at 1 p.m. ET.
1. Mitch Beasley, Clarksville, Tenn., $20,000
2. A.J. Johnson, Oswego, Ill., $10,000
3. Thomas Larsen, Denmark, $5,000
4. Patrick Dombrowski, Parma, Ohio, $5,000
Opening game: Beasley 239, Johnson 236, Larsen 235, Dombrowski 182
Larsen and Dombrowski eliminated.
Championship: Beasley def. Johnson, 246-237.
ESPN delayed telecast airs on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 2:30 p.m. ET.
1. Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., $20,000
2. B.J. Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., $10,000
3. Jesper Svensson, Sweden, def. $5,000
4. Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, $5,000
Opening game: Moore III 224, Jones 212, Svensson 194, Novak 175
Svensson and Novak eliminated.
Championship: Jones def. Moore, 211-168.
ESPN delayed telecast airs on Sunday, Dec. 25, at 3:30 p.m. ET.
1. Francois Lavoie, Canada, $20,000
2. Walter Ray Williams Jr., Oxford, Fla., $10,000
3. Andrew Cain, Phoenix, $5,000
4. Matthew O’Grady, South Amboy, N.J., $5,000
Opening game: Williams Jr. 227, Lavoie 212, Cain 208, O’Grady 201
Cain and O’Grady eliminated.
Championship: Lavoie def. Williams, 204-196.
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