Troup and Svensson Lead PBA Scorpion Championship
Kyle Troup and Jesper Svensson rekindled the magic that helped them capture the 2017 and 2020 Roth/Holman Doubles Championships at the PBA Scorpion Championship. The top 16 players advance to match play, which will be held March 15.
Troup led the field at +337, while Svensson wasn’t far behind at +319. This marks consecutive top-three performances for Svensson at the Guaranteed Rate PBA World Series of Bowling XIII; he leads the field in the PBA World Championship presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon through 20 games at +670.
Jakob Butturff qualified third on the Scorpion pattern and trails only Svensson in the World Championship standings.
Players who advanced to match play on Cheetah and Scorpion include Svensson, Butturff, EJ Tackett, Kristopher Prather, Patrick Hanrahan and Tommy Jones.
AJ Johnson, who qualified fourth on the Cheetah pattern, missed the Scorpion cut by seven pins; he was the first player outside the cut.
Notable advancers who bounced back after missing the Cheetah cut include Chris Via, Anthony Neuer, Michael Tang, Matt Sanders and Jason Belmonte, who snuck in as the cut number at +194. Belmonte will face Troup in the opening round of match play.
Troup, Prather and Tang each made the stepladder finals on this pattern in 2021. Last year’s champion, Tom Daugherty, finished 95th of 96 players.
Qualifying for the PBA Shark Championship, which also counts as the final 10 games of full-field qualifying in the PBA World Championship, begins Wednesday, March 9 at 1 p.m. ET.
PBA SCORPION CHAMPIONSHIP MATCH PLAY QUALIFIERS
- Kyle Troup +337
- Jesper Svensson +319
- Jakob Butturff +296
- David Krol +290
- Brandon Runk +278
- Anthony Simonsen +267
- EJ Tackett +259
- Kristopher Prather +256*
- Chris Via +256*
- Anthony Neuer +246
- Michael Tang +237
- Patrick Hanrahan +230
- Matt Sanders +225
- Rasmus Edvall +216
- Tommy Jones +214
- Jason Belmonte +194
*Ties are broken by the higher final block, which was bowled by Prather.
PBA WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PRESENTED BY PABST BLUE RIBBON TOP 10 THROUGH 20 GAMES
- Jesper Svensson +670
- Jakob Butturff +614
- EJ Tackett +584
- Tommy Jones +576
- Kyle Troup +568
- Kristopher Prather +563
- Patrick Hanrahan +525
- AJ Johnson +521
- William Svensson +520
- Ronnie Russell +476
GUARANTEED RATE PBA WORLD SERIES OF BOWLING XIII STREAMING AND TV SCHEDULE
Qualifying and match play – Mar. 9-11 on FloBowling
PBA World Championship presented by Pabst Blue Ribbon – Mar. 13, 1 p.m. ET on FOX
PBA Cheetah Championship – Mar. 14, 8 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Scorpion Championship – Mar. 15, 8 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Shark Championship – Mar. 16, 8 p.m. ET on FS1
PBA Collegiate Invitational presented by Storm – Mar. 20, 2:30 p.m. ET on FS1
About the PBA
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