Round-robin match play streams live on FloBowling tomorrow beginning at noon ET


Tampa, Fla.—After 40 games of qualifying, 13-time PBA Tour champion EJ Tackett leads 16 players into Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship match play. Tackett, averaging 225, has been the World Championship leader at the end of all four days of World Series of Bowling XII action and holds a 442-pin lead over sixth place. The top five players after 16 games of match play qualify for the stepladder finals, airing live on FOX Broadcast Channel Saturday, Mar. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.

Tackett, who won the PBA World Championship in 2016, is one of seven major champions to qualify for match play, including Walter Ray Williams Jr., the all-time record holder with 47 PBA Tour titles. The 61-year-old PBA Hall of Famer and eight-time major champion, including three World Championship titles, qualified ninth with a 212 average.

Two-time PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty qualified second, 45 pins behind Tackett and 149 pins ahead of third-place Jakob Butturff.

The top 16 players in the World Championship begin match play tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling. To subscribe, visit

Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship Match Play Qualifiers

AMF University Lanes – Tampa, Fla.

  1. EJ Tackett +1,000
  2. Tom Daugherty +955
  3. Jakob Butturff +806
  4. Kris Prather +650
  5. Bill O’Neill +573
  6. AJ Johnson +558
  7. Tommy Jones +524
  8. Chris Via +511
  9. Walter Ray Williams Jr. +502
  10. BJ Moore +501
  11. Dom Barrett +496
  12. Dick Allen +493
  13. Kyle Troup +489
  14. Shawn Maldonado +479
  15. Zach Weidman +460
  16. Kyle Sherman +460

View the full PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship standings

About the PBA

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