EJ Tackett leads Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship into cashers round


Tampa, Fla.—With a 220 average over 10 games, two-time PBA Tour champion Tom Daugherty led PBA Scorpion Championship qualifying and will own the top seed in next week’s best-of-five match play. Daugherty will face PBA Hall of Famer Pete Weber in the opening round.

Weber, who bowled 229 in the final game to earn the 16th seed, is one of two Hall of Famers to qualify for Scorpion Championship match play, joining No. 8 seed Walter Ray Williams Jr.

Daugherty, the 2012-13 Scorpion Champion, also moved into second place in the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship, trailing leader EJ Tackett after 30 games. Tackett, averaging 229, is the only player to qualify for match play in all three animal-pattern events and holds a 97-pin advantage over Daugherty in the World Championship.

Notably missing the cut to the World Championship cashers round are Anthony Simonsen and François Lavoie, who finished 31st and T-32nd, respectively. Both players made it to the stepladder finals of each of the first two majors this season, with Lavoie defeating Simonsen to win the Tournament of Champions.

Jason Belmonte, the three-time defending World Champion, also fell short of the top 30, finishing 35th.

The top 30 players in the World Championship begin cashers round tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling. After 10 more games, the field will be cut to 16 for match play on Thursday, Mar. 11. To subscribe, visit FloBowling.com.

PBA Scorpion Championship Match Play Qualifiers

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  1. Tom Daugherty +203
  2. Jakob Butturff +169
  3. EJ Tackett +168
  4. Nick Kruml +149
  5. Matt Ogle +145
  6. Kris Prather +138
  7. Zach Weidman +131
  8. Walter Ray Williams Jr. +131
  9. Packy Hanrahan +125
  10. Kyle Troup +120
  11. Jake Peters +114
  12. Michael Tang +107
  13. Andres Gomez +97
  14. Jason Belmonte +97
  15. Dom Barrett +95
  16. Pete Weber +94

Ties were broken by the highest evening block.

Best-of-five Scorpion Championship match play begins Wednesday, Mar. 17 at noon ET on FloBowling. The Scorpion Championship finals air live Mar. 17 at 8 p.m. ET on FS1.

View the full PBA Scorpion Championship standings

Guaranteed Rate PBA World Championship Top 11 Through 30 Games

AMF University Lanes – Tampa, Fla.

  1. EJ Tackett +878
  2. Tom Daugherty +781
  3. Bill O’Neill +655
  4. Kyle Troup +566
  5. Marshall Kent +523
  6. Jakob Butturff +508
  7. Sean Rash +494
  8. Tommy Jones +490
  9. Kris Prather +478
  10. Chris Via +475
  11. Michael Tang +475

World Championship cashers round begins tomorrow at noon ET on FloBowling. The stepladder finals air live on FOX Broadcast Channel Saturday, Mar. 13 at 2 p.m. ET.

View the full PBA Guaranteed Rate World Championship standings

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