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Jesper Svensson takes commanding PBA World Championship


Sweden’s left-handed, two-handed star, Jesper Svensson averaged 250 for 10 games to take a commanding lead after the Chameleon and Shark rounds of the PBA World Championship Monday at the National Bowling Stadium in Reno, Nevada.

The PBA World Championship is the crown jewel of the GEICO PBA World Series of Bowling IX, presented by Eldorado Reno Resorts Properties, and the final major championship of the PBA’s 2017 season. WSOB IX is also a part of the 2017-18 Go Bowling! PBA Tour schedule.

The 22-year-old Svensson (pictured right and above), who entered the PBA World Championship as the qualifying leader, rolled games of 246, 224, 247, 268 and 269 on the 45-foot Shark lane conditioning pattern after posting games of 237, 247, 245, 237 and 269 on the 39-foot Chameleon pattern earlier in the day to finish with a 12,083 50-game overall pinfall total, good for a 241.6 average.

Svensson leads Australia’s Jason Belmonte (left), a right-handed two-handed player, who is 303 pins behind in second with a 11,780 50-game pinfall total.

“I’m the guy they want to beat at this point so the thing to do now is stay focused,” said Svensson, who is the winner of six PBA Tour titles including the 2016 PBA Tournament of Champions.

“Today, I bowled well in both rounds but it felt good to have a strong finish on the Shark pattern. To this point I’ve been able to avoid major mistakes and have been able to do what I do best.”

Svensson is trying for his second PBA major title; Belmonte is after major title number nine, which would put him alone in third place among the PBA’s all-time major title winners. Neither player has won the PBA World Championship.

In third place heading into Tuesday afternoon’s qualifying round on the 33-foot Cheetah lane condition was another two-hander, Kyle Troup (right) of Taylorsville, N.C., with 11,625 pins. Ryan Ciminelli of Cheektowaga, N.Y., finished the day in fourth with 11,601 and 2009 PBA World Championship winner Tom Smallwood of Saginaw, Mich., finished fifth with 11,553.

The PBA World Championship cashers’ rounds will conclude with five games on the 42-foot Scorpion Tuesday at 5 p.m. PST. The top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals on Sunday, Nov. 19 at noon PST (live streamed on ESPN3, taped for telecast on ESPN on Dec. 31 at 1 p.m. EST).

All preliminary rounds of WSOB IX are being covered live on PBA’s Xtra Frame online video streaming channel, and all competition throughout the WSOB also will be covered in real time game-by-game detail on pba.com’s “live scoring” feature.

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PBA World Championship – Cashers’ Round 2

Standings after Shark round, 50 of 60 games completed. Top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals.

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 12,083
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 11,780
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 11,625
4, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 11,601
5, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 11,553
6, Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 11,518
7, Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., 11,506
8, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 11,502
9, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 11,472
10, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 11,469
11, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 11,454
12, Francois Lavoie, Canada, 11,453
13, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 11,434
14, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 11,423
15, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 11,400
16, Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., 11,397
17, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 11,396
18, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 11,395
19, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 11,384
20, Glenn Morten Pedersen, Norway, 11,376
21, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 11,361
22, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 11,346
23, Dom Barrett, England, 11,342
24, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 11,340
25, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 11,332
26, Sam Cooley, Australia, 11,330
27, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 11,319
28, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 11,303
29, Francois Louw, South Africa, 11,270
30, Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., 11,261
31, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 11,250
32, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 11,240
33, Tobias Boerding, Germany, 11,236
34, (tie) Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., and Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 11,228
36, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 11,226
37, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 11,220
38, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 11,218
39, Richie Teece, England, 11,204
40, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 11,195
41, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 11,191
42, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 11,182
43, Stuart Williams, England, 11,180
44, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 11,177
45, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 11,154
46, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 11,130
47, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 11,120
48, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 11,114
49, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 11,017

PBA World Championship – Cashers’ Round 1

Standings after Chameleon round, 45 of 60 games completed. Top five bowlers after a total of 60 games will advance to the World Championship finals.

1, Jesper Svensson, Sweden, 10,829
2, Jason Belmonte, Australia, 10,637
3, Kyle Troup, Taylorsville, N.C., 10,457
4, Tom Smallwood, Saginaw, Mich., 10,455
5, Ryan Ciminelli, Cheektowaga, N.Y., 10,396
6 (tie), Matthew Sanders, Evansville, Ind., and Bill O’Neill, Langhorne, Pa., 10,373
8, Matthew McNiel, Minneapolis, Minn., 10,344
9, Thomas Larsen, Denmark, 10,335
10, Muhammad Rafiq Ismail, Malaysia, 10,314
11, Brad Angelo, Lockport, N.Y., 10,313
12, BJ Moore III, Greensburg, Pa., 10,307
13, Anthony Pepe, Elmhurst, N.Y., 10,289
14, Sean Rash, Montgomery, Ill., 10,287
15, Dick Allen, Columbia, S.C., 10,263
16, Glenn Pedersen, Norway, 10,260
17, Dom Barrett, England, 10,243
18 (tie), w-Liz Johnson, Palatine, Ill., and Francois Lavoie, Canada, 10,241
20, Tom Daugherty, Riverview, Fla., 10,222
21, Sam Cooley, Australia, 10,219
22, Rhino Page, Orlando, Fla., 10,216
23, Norm Duke, Clermont, Fla., 10,209
24, Shota Kawazoe, Japan, 10,204
25, Wes Malott, Pflugerville, Texas, 10,191
26, Tommy Jones, Simpsonville, S.C., 10,185
27, Trey Ford III, Bartlesville, Okla., 10,181
28, EJ Tackett, Huntington, Ind., 10,169
29, Zacharay Wilkins, Canada, 10,165
30, Marshall Kent, Yakima, Wash., 10,155
31 (tie), Nick Kruml, Downers Grove, Ill., and Tobias Boerding, Germany, 10,104
33, Chris Warren, Grants Pass, Ore., 10,100
34, Brandon Novak, Chillicothe, Ohio, 10,098
35, Josh Blanchard, Mesa, Ariz., 10,093
36, Chris Via, Springfield, Ohio, 10,092
37, Arturo Quintero, Mexico, 10,088
38, Anthony Simonsen, Austin, Texas, 10,064
39, Francois Louw, South Africa, 10,038
40, Daniel Fransson, Sweden, 10,015
41, Chris Loschetter, Avon, Ohio, 10,010
42 (tie), Richie Teece, England, and Kristopher Prather, Plainfield, Ill., 10,009
44, Kim Bolleby, Thailand, 10,006
45, Cristian Azcona, Puerto Rico, 10,003
46, Darren Tang, San Francisco, 9,999
47, Stuart Williams, England, 9,981
48, Connor Pickford, Plano, Texas, 9,975
49, DJ Archer, Friendswood, Texas, 9,935

300 games (1) – Chris Warren.

Herbert Bickel

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